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Former girlfriend of Clarence Thomas claims she had threesomes with the controversial Supreme Court justice and some of his female colleagues

  • Clarence Thomas dated Lillian McEwen, who is now 70, for seven years 
  • She claimed she had threesomes with Thomas and female colleagues
  • Supreme Court Justice was plagued with sexual harassment claims
  • During nomination hearings, former assistant claimed he harassed her 
  • Thomas was still nominated – just – and remains on the Supreme Court 

A former girlfriend of controversial Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has claimed she had threesomes with him and some of his female colleagues.
Retired federal prosecutor Lillian McEwen, who is now 70, dated Thomas for seven years before he married.
She told Inside Edition that the Supreme Court Justice – whose nomination in 1991 was plagued by allegations that he sexually harassed his assistant – had threesomes with her and other women.

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Retired federal prosecutor Lillian McEwen has claimed she had threesomes with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (above, left) and some of his female colleagues
 

‘We had a relationship that included threesomes,’ Ms McEwen said.
‘He recruited women that he worked with for participation in those threesomes,’ she added. The alleged threesomes took place before he joined the Supreme Court.
Thomas, who still sits on the Supreme Court bench aged 67, was nominated by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.
During Thomas’ televised confirmation hearings in 1991, his former assistant Anita Hill alleged that he sexually harassed her while she worked for him at the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. He fought his way through the claims and scraped the senate confirmation by 52 to 48.

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The alleged threesomes took place before Thomas (pictured with his wife Virginia) joined the Supreme Court
330faf9100000578-3543232-image-m-2_1460807849628Thomas (pictured at his confirmation hearing), who still sits on the Supreme Court bench aged 67, was nominated by President George H. W. Bush in 1991

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During Thomas’ televised confirmation hearings in 1991, his former assistant Anita Hill (pictured during the hearings) alleged that he sexually harassed her.
At the time, he called the hearings a ‘high-tech lynching’ and denied the allegations.

Ms McEwen was speaking ahead of the release of Confirmation, a HBO movie about the hearings. She believes Ms Hill, who is played by Kerry Washington in the senate drama, is ‘a woman scorned’.
‘She didn’t tell the truth and he didn’t tell the truth either,’ the former federal prosecutor said.
Ms Hill, who is a law professor at Brandeis University, told CBS’ This Morning show that in 2010 – 19 years after the hearings – she received a voicemail from Thomas’ wife, Virginia.
‘Good morning, Anita Hill, its Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airways and the years,’ the answerphone message said.
‘I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.’
Ms Hill, now 59, said she initially thought it was a joke.
‘I couldn’t believe that the wife of a Supreme Court Justice would be calling me,’ she said.

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Ms Hill said she received a voicemail from Thomas’ wife, Virginia (pictured together at the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia), in 2010 asking her if she wanted to apologize

Ms Hill told Today earlier this week that she has come to terms with what happened.
‘I’m really at peace with my role in history,’ she said. ‘I don’t think I really have to become at peace with him being on the Supreme Court.
‘I think what we have to do though, is to understand why my testimony and my experience – why that was so important to the integrity of the court, and why it spoke directly to the character of the nominee at the time.’
She also shared what kind of questions Washington, who is the film’s executive producer, asked her when they met.
‘Most importantly I think she just wanted to know not only how I felt during the confirmation hearing, but what was I thinking.
‘And that was really encouraging to have someone wanting to know what was my thinking pattern, what was going through my mind during this whole episode.’

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