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A Timeline Of Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Controversy As Kavanaugh To Face Accuser

As another Supreme Court nominee faces allegations of sexual misconduct, what can be learned from the handling of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy?
Activists chant during a protest outside the office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Activists protested against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Source: Alex Wong

It is still unclear exactly how, when and under what conditions Christine Blasey Ford will testify next week on Capitol Hill. Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault when they were in high school.

But how all this is handled will have consequences, as it did 27 years ago when the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings dealing with sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Late in the summer of 1991, Democratic committee staffers began to hear rumors about Thomas sexually harassing one or more women who had worked with

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