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Read this: Clarence Thomas's ex-girlfriend Lillian McEwen breaks silence, bolsters Anita Hill's story

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Ginni Thomas sure opened a can of worms. Her demand for an apology from Anita Hill inspired his longtime ex to talk for the first time. Lillian McEwen dated Clarence Thomas in the '80s -- and she tells our colleague Michael Fletcher the stories Hill told about him rang true: He checked out female colleagues, once asked a woman her bra size, was "obsessed" with porn and eager to talk about it. The retired administrative law judge was okay with that and shows no rancor towards him, but -- full disclosure -- she's a Democrat who doesn't like his rulings or his sense of victimhood in the Hill matter. And yes, ahem -- she's shopping a memoir that details their "freewheeling sex life."

Lillian McEwen breaks her 19-year silence about Justice Clarence Thomas

By The Reliable Source  | October 21, 2010; 10:27 PM ET
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This is one of many people who have said Thomas was obsessed with porn. His old college friends recalled that he was and that he frequently talked about it - including the infamous Mr. L. D. Silver.

Jane Mayer's and Jill Abram's book "Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas" thoroughly investigated this. They found that there were other women who said Thomas had sexually harassed them at work and/or he would not take "no" for an answer. Considering that Thomas was in charge of the department responsible for enforcing laws against sexual harassment this was particularly disturbing. Strangely when this well-researched book came out Thomas' defenders were mostly silent.

Posted by: BernieO | October 22, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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