Much like how the recent FX series "The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" rehashed the O.J. Simpson murder trial for those lived through it as well as a whole new generation of Americans, HBO's upcoming movie "Confirmation" will do the same for the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Afterwards, one question will be on many viewer's minds: Where is Anita Hill now?
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush’s appointment of Federal Circuit Judge Clarence Thomas to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall seemed destined to pass without much fanfare or political squabbling. However, after allegations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill in an FBI interview leaked to the press, the confirmations became a heated, highly publicized event. Hill had worked under Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education and claimed he acted inappropriately towards her at the office. Thomas was eventually confirmed, 52-48, in one of the closest margins in U.S. history, but Hill’s allegations were never disproved.
Hill is now a university professor of social policy, law, and women's and gender studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on gender, race, social policy and legal history. She has also become a published author, writing the 1997 autobiography "Speaking Truth to Power" and the 2011 book "Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home," which focused on the effects of the 2008 financial crisis on the African-American community.
"Scandal" star Kerry Washington was cast as Hill in the HBO film, which premieres Saturday. Hill, who has been credited with helping to shine a light on the realities of sexual harassment women face in the workplace, says watching the movie brings back vivid memories of the traumatic hearings.
"It’s always with me. But there are moments when I relive it more strongly," Hill told NBC's Today. "Of course, seeing it in film brings that back to me," adding, "I think it is important to relive the story and learn the lessons from it."
Hill was previously the subject of the 2013 documentary "Anita." The movie "Confirmation" premieres at 8 p.m. EDT on HBO.