From The Grio — The hot seat just got hotter for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His ex-girlfriend, Lillian McEwen claims that Thomas had an insatiable lust for pornography, had kinky tastes when it came to sex and engaged in lots of it while they were involved. McEwen, a former assistant U.S. attorney and Senate Judiciary Committee counsel, has taken much flack for publicly blabbing in her graphic kiss and tell memoir D.C. Unmasked & Undressed about Thomas’s romantic trysts with her and other women, a whole 19 years after the fact.
Those trysts happened when Thomas was a single man on the prowl. The criticism of McEwen for dredging up old dirt and gossip to peddle a book might be well deserved, except that her tell-all in a sense sheds further light and doubt on Thomas’s sworn testimony during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings in 1991 regarding Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. Hill insisted under oath that Thomas had harassed and that he had a penchant for pornography.
In his testimony, Thomas flatly said that if he had engaged in that kind of behavior other employees would have spoken out in defense of Hill. He was head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at the time Hill claimed he harassed her. The fact is that several women did confirm Hill’s charge at the time that Thomas was a serial sexual harasser. But the Judiciary Committee ignored their affidavits and testimony, including that of one who did testify. Still, Thomas penchant for kinky sex, pornography and gutter talk as reprehensible as it might be is not a crime, or maybe should not even be the subject of moral debate.