WATCH: Anita Hill Testimony Against Clarence Thomas Nomination Video

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Today, Christine Ford is testifying about allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But this isn’t the first time in recent history that a woman has testified about a Supreme Court justice nominee. In 1991, Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and testified about her allegations publicly.

You can watch Hill’s opening statement below.

October 11, 1991: Anita Hill Full Opening Statement (C-SPAN)The Senate Judiciary Committee called University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill to testify about her claim of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Full video of hearing here:

Watch her full testimony in the two videos below.

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Anita Hill Testimony: Clarence Thomas Second Hearing Day 1 (1991)Anita Faye Hill (born July 30, 1956) is an American attorney and academic, currently a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. More: Thomas was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by then-President George H. W. Bush, a position that required Senate hearings and confirmation. The hearings were initially completed, with Thomas's good character being presented as a primary qualification for the high court because he had only been a judge for slightly more than one year. There had been little organized opposition to Thomas's nomination and his confirmation seemed assured until a report of a private interview of Hill by the FBI leaked out to the press. The hearings were then reopened, and Hill was called to publicly testify. Hill said in the October 1991 televised hearings that Thomas had sexually harassed her while he was her supervisor at the Department of Education and the EEOC. When questioned on why she followed Thomas to the second job after he had already allegedly harassed her, she said she had wanted to work in the civil rights field, she had no alternative job, "and at that time, it appeared that the sexual overtures … had ended." According to Hill, during her two years of employment as Thomas's assistant, Thomas had asked her out socially many times, and after she refused, he used work situations to discuss sexual subjects. "He spoke about…such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes" she said, adding that on several occasions Thomas graphically described "his own sexual prowess" and the details of his anatomy. Hill also recounted an instance in which Thomas examined a can of Coke on his desk and asked, "Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?" Four female witnesses waited in the wings to reportedly support Hill's credibility, but they were not called, due to what the Los Angeles Times described as a private, compromise deal between "aggressive, gloves-off" Republicans and the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Democrat Joe Biden. According to Time magazine, one of the witnesses, Angela Wright, may not have been considered credible on the issue of sexual harassment because she had been fired from the EEOC by Thomas. Hill agreed to take a polygraph test. The results supported the veracity of her statements;[16] Thomas declined the test. He made a vehement and complete denial, saying that he was being subjected to a "high-tech lynching for uppity blacks" by white liberals who were seeking to block a black conservative from taking a seat on the Supreme Court.[17][18] After extensive debate, the U.S. Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court by a vote of 52–48; the narrowest margin since the 19th century.[14][19] Thomas's supporters questioned Hill's credibility claiming she was delusional or was a spurned woman, seeking revenge.[13] They cited the time delay of ten years between the alleged behavior by Thomas and Hill's accusations, and noted that Hill had followed Thomas to a second job and later had personal contacts with Thomas, including giving him a ride to an airport—behavior which they said would be inexplicable if Hill's allegations were true.[7][9][13][20] Hill countered that she came forward because she felt an obligation to share information on the character and actions of a person who was being considered for the Supreme Court.[13] She testified that after leaving the EEOC, she had had two "inconsequential" phone conversations with Thomas, and had seen him personally on two occasions; once to get a job reference and the second time when he made a public appearance in Oklahoma where she was teaching.

Thomas had been her supervisor at the United States Department of Education, and he was nominated by Geoge H.W. Bush — and ultimately confirmed. There had been little opposition to Thomas until a private interview between Hill and the FBI was leaked to the press. In October 1991, she testified in publicly testified hearings that she had been sexually harassed. She said he had asked her out repeatedly, she refused, and then he discussed sexual subjects with her at work, including talking about his own anatomy.

Orrin Hatch implied that Hill was working with lawyers and interest groups to destroy Thomas’ chance at a nomination. And Thomas said he considered Hill a friend, and her allegations were hurtful and he no longer believed things would work out just because he did his best. Hill passed a polygraph test, but Thomas did not take one. Meanwhile, Hill’s credibility was also questioned.

Thomas was ultimately confirmed.

Vice put together a video of the most outrageous questions that Senators asked Hill. You can watch it below.

Watch The Most Outrageous Questions Senators Asked Anita Hill In 1991As Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly assaulting her at a party in the '80s, Washington watchers are looking back for context to the 1991 hearings where Anita Hill testified that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her in the workplace. Hill accused her then-boss of making sexual remarks at work and pressuring her to go out with him. The queasy-making spectacle of white male senators questioning Hill — after an FBI investigation — triggered a wave of women running for office that culminated in 1992's "Year of the Woman," while Thomas went on to be confirmed. Now we're in the #MeToo era, with a Supreme Court nominee accused of attempted rape at a house party when he and the alleged victim, Ford, were teens. Ford has been reluctant to appear in public to talk about something she's spent most of her life trying to forget, and has gone into hiding with her family to preserve her safety, after receiving death threats. But she's now agreeing to testify next week, under certain conditions. To get a sense of what hearings could look like, we cut down five hours of Anita Hill's testimony, including questions lobbed by Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Joe Biden (D-Del.), Alan Simpson (R-WY), Howard Heflin (R-AL). Here's a selection of real questions and comments made during the hearing. Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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