Anita Hill weighs in on Ka­vanaugh al­le­ga­tion

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - Fre­dreka Schouten

Anita Hill says the gov­ern­ment should find a “fair and neu­tral way” to investigate an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual mis­con­duct against Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh.

Hill, who ac­cused then-Supreme Court nom­i­nee Clarence Thomas of work­place ha­rass­ment, said she knows “first­hand what hap­pens such as process is weaponized against an ac­cuser, and no one should have to en­dure that again.”

In 1991, Hill be­came fa­mous – and vil­i­fied by some – when she tes­ti­fied be­fore the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee and said Thomas had ha­rassed her when they both worked at the Equal Em­ploy­ment Op­por­tu­nity Com­mis­sion.

Thomas de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and de­cried com­mit­tee’s pro­ceed­ings as a “high-tech lynch­ing.” He was con­firmed to the court.

Ka­vanaugh on Fri­day force­fully de­nied an anony­mous al­le­ga­tion that he tried to force him­self on a woman decades ago when they were 17-year-old high school stu­dents.

“I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Ka­vanaugh said in a state­ment is­sued by the White House.

In her state­ment, Hill said the “re­luc­tance of some­one to come for­ward demon­strates that even in the #MeToo era, it re­mains in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to re­port ha­rass­ment, abuse or as­sault by peo­ple in power.”

Hill, now a pro­fes­sor at Bran­deis Uni­ver­sity, called on the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee to “put in place a process that en­ables any­one with a com­plaint of this na­ture to be heard.”

The Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee is sched­uled to vote next week on Ka­vanaugh’s nom­i­na­tion. He’s Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sec­ond court pick.

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