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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Lillian McEwen, Clarence Thomas's ex-girlfriend, pens sexually charged memoir

By The Reliable Source

Lillian McEwen, 2010. (Bill O'Leary/TWP)/U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, 2008 (Dennis Brack/Bloomberg News)

Four months after Lillian McEwen broke a two-decade silence about her longtime relationship with Clarence Thomas, the retired administrative law judge has written a book.

And it is dirty. Really dirty.

McEwen's "D.C. Unmasked & Undressed" starts off as memoir of childhood abuse but evolves into twin journeys of sexual discovery and Capitol Hill careerism. The Supreme Court justice is only one of many partners whose caresses McEwen graphically recalls in NC-17 prose -- he doesn't even show up until midway through -- but he's singled out for special reminiscence.

The author swoons over the fit physique -- "velvet-covered cement" -- she says that Thomas hid under baggy suits, and kisses that "tasted like honey." We're sparing you a lot of bodice-ripping details that go way beyond the family-newspaper zone. A spokesperson for Thomas's office said the justice will not comment on the book.

(TitleTown Publishing).

McEwen's memoir (from TitleTown, a little-known Wisconsin publishing house specializing in true-crime thrillers) elaborates upon some accounts of their relationship she gave reporters last year. In October, Ginni Thomas reopened the debate over her husband's 1991 confirmation by calling for an apology from his then-adversary Anita Hill. McEwen then went public with her memories of Thomas, whom she met in the early '80s when they were both high-powered staffers, each with a young child from a scuttled marriage, and went on to date for several years. McEwen told The Washington Post about her then-boyfriend's habits of checking out female colleagues, she claimed, and openly talking about pornography -- claims that seemed to bolster some of Hill's accusations of inappropriate behavior when she worked for him at the EEOC.

But the recollections she offers in print are more ambiguous. While she alludes to an interest in porn, McEwen's book never portrays Thomas as leering or outspoken about his tastes, as she implied last fall. Hill is mentioned only briefly, as a source of workplace stress for Thomas, whom she writes would often complain about his aide. McEwen writes that Thomas told her Hill was irked she didn't have the same access to him at the EEOC as she did when they worked together previously at the Department of Education. Thomas, she writes, "solved" the problem "by getting her a teaching job outside the city." She recalls Thomas expressing bafflement years later over Hill's accusations. But ultimately, the author's famous lover plays only a supporting role and his legendary accuser a mere cameo in a self-focused memoir that makes no attempt to serve as an amicus brief in the matter of Thomas v. Hill.

McEwen acknowledged to us that she can provide no third-party verification for some of the racier pastimes she claims to have introduced to Thomas. "I have not used any real true names" of the other people in her orbit, she told us. "That would be something that would intrude on their privacy."

Well, what about Thomas's privacy? He's certainly named in the book. Doesn't even a Supreme Court justice deserve to have certain personal moments remain personal?

McEwen says no. When she was a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee, she saw nominees drop out of the confirmation process when confronted with sexual rumors, she said. "Sex was such an important part of [Thomas's] life, and his way of going through the world," she said. "His privacy is something he decided to sacrifice when he went forward with the nomination, as far as I'm concerned."

Now, maybe we're reading between the heavy-breathing lines, but. . . sounds like Thomas ("a national treasure") was fantastic. "He was the best!" McEwen replied, laughing. " It's why I stayed with him for so many years! Not the only reason, but it's up there at the top."

By The Reliable Source  | February 23, 2011; 12:00 AM ET
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Posted by: StewartIII | February 23, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

You have to wonder what kind of deal a sleezebag like Thomas had to make to get appointed to the Supreme Court. Whatever the specifics, he's certainly honored it by supporting every Republican effort to strengthen the control of government over peoples' lives. He doesn't have to justify this record, since he never talks and somebody else does his writing for him. I wonder if there will ever be a "real" expose about his pathetic performance as a Supreme Court Justice.

Posted by: DaveHarris | February 23, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse


No one would publish a book about some woman's sexual history if she didn't name a famous name.

But there's still no particular reason to buy or read it.


Posted by: fmjk | February 23, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Powerful men tend to be real freaks.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | February 23, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

From the description here, this is a book I won't read. That being said, I'm glad to know he is what he said he wasn't all those many years ago. I was always a Hill supporter and never liked Thomas one whit.

Posted by: MILWI | February 23, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing like the draw of 15 minutes of fame and a few dollars to get somebody's ex to portray them in the most negative light possible.

Welcome to the slime pit, Lillian.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 23, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Could someone post some of the racy accounts in the comments?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | February 23, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what's more pathetic. This woman writing this trash or the WP actually giving her recognition.

Posted by: bandsposs | February 23, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that this book got published as I heard it wasn't prepossessing. SIx months ago, I sent Ms. McEwan a note urging her not to stereotype men as porn addicts, wishing her the best.

Posted by: snowyphile | February 23, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

bandposs, he deserves it. No one will ever convince me that Anita Hill would have come out and said all those things if they weren't true. Her reputation was on the line. He was guilty and somehow got off scott free. So let him pay now.

Posted by: mbrumble | February 23, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Long Dong Silver rides again...

Posted by: ehsmith1 | February 23, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Another trashy, so called expose written by a trashy, immoral woman. Hard to believe the Wash.Post actually even mentions this. I am sure any books written about Kagan and Sotomayor will receive the same attention. LOL

Posted by: somberjules | February 23, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

That is one horny Supreme Court Justice. Coke anyone?

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 23, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

And he never says a "mumblin word." I guess the guy is a psychic because for all his years on the court, he has never spoken. Perhaps the only words he knows are just too closely related to his porno past! Too bad this author didn't speak up when Hill was on the defense against the Senate Committee as to whether this guy was qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice. True colors eventually appear.

Posted by: rbsher | February 23, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

And some folk wonder why black womenses often be disregarded as oversexed backstabbers.

Posted by: NorplantNow | February 23, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

We can't blame Unca Thom's ex for trying to make some coin off the Sub-preme Court's token, silent, eh, whatever.

Posted by: slipuvalad | February 23, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"And some folk wonder why black womenses often be disregarded as oversexed backstabbers." NorplantNow

Besides your bigoted self, who else wonders that? Very curious about your answer.

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 23, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Does Judge Thomas have pink eye in the photo posted here? He should see a doctor.
And then hopefully decide to retire imediately.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 23, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: skinswitabullet | February 23, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Ewww, gross!

Yes, we knew Thomas was a dirty scumbag. Yes, we knew he was a lying harasser. Yes, we knew he was a horrible embarrassment to respectable, competent, ethical black lawyers everywhere.

But - this?? Both of them: Ewww, GROSS!

Posted by: CalypsoSummer | February 23, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I believed and still believe every word Prof Hill said. I did not believe and have never believed anything Thomas has ever said. He is a liar and a loser and not fit to be a Supreme Court Justice.

Posted by: 6157 | February 24, 2011 4:11 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how, decades later, a "scorned woman" is vindicated.

Maybe *that* is why Thomas doesn't speak on the court: he's convinced he'll mess up again!

Posted by: cfow1 | February 24, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Allegations? Never doubted them for a minute. But I think the bon mot was delivered by the law prof at the confirmation hearings: "I'd be worried about this man's grasp of Constitutional law if he were a second-year law student." The Justice gets the prize for sheer unmitigated brass, though ... even to be still sitting on the Court.

Posted by: duhfffyhoo | February 24, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Anita Hill got only one thing wrong:

What Clarence Thomas actually said was "Who has put a pubic hair on my KOCH?"

Posted by: HughBriss | February 24, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

In watching the HBO special "Thurgood" tonight, it reminded me that the appointment of TomAss Clarence (name of an Amiri Baraka poem) to the Supreme Court was a travesty, and remains such. Thurgood Marshall said he hoped his successor wouldn't be "just any ol' Negro." Well, TomAss Clarence has demonstrated with his mute presence on the Court to be worse than that.


Posted by: bwithersesq1 | February 25, 2011 12:59 AM | Report abuse

What an ignorant B*tch. Who cares about her? She is selling a book that's why she is using Justice Thomas for publicity.

Justice Thomas, keep your head and your spirits up. This too shall pass. We support you and your wife.


Posted by: ImNotaWitch | February 25, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

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