Clarence Thomas' Wife Called Anita Hill

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left, accompanied by his wife Virginia Lamp Thomas, right, listen as he is introduced prior to speaking at the Federalist Society in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, where he spoke about his new book and answered questions from the audience.
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left, accompanied by his wife Virginia Lamp Thomas, right, listen as he is introduced prior to speaking at the Federalist Society in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007.
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Updated at 9:23 p.m. ET

Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left a voicemail last weekend for Anita Hill, who accused her husband of sexual harassment during confirmation hearings, reports the New York Times.

Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas

The message was left at the office of Hill's office at Brandeis University, where she is a professor.

"Good morning, Anita Hill, it's Ginni Thomas," said the message on Hill's voicemail, the contents of which were first reported by ABC News. "I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Okay have a good day."

CBS News confirmed the voicemail had been left by Thomas.

"I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed what happened so long ago," Thomas said in a statement provided to The New York Times. "That offer still stands. I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended."

Reached Tuesday night, Ginni Thomas told CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford her views on an apology from Hill haven't changed since she said in a 2007 interview that Hill should apologize to her and Justice Thomas.

(Scroll down to watch Clarence Thomas on "60 Minutes" in 2007)

In that interview, which aired on ABC, Ginni Thomas strongly defended her husband and flatly rejected Hill's allegations. With Justice Thomas sitting beside her in their Virginia home, Ginni Thomas also said that she looked forward to getting Hill's apology someday.

"My views I expressed to you have not changed since your interview of me," Thomas said in an e-mail Tuesday.

Anita Hill, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991.
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Hill told ABC that at first she didn't think the call was real.

"I initially thought it was a prank," Hill told ABC. "And if it was, I thought the authorities should know about it."

Hill turned over the message Brandeis' Department of Public Safety, who then notified the FBI.

Hill released a statement through the Brandeis University director of news and communications, saying, "I certainly thought the call was inappropriate. I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony."

Thomas has drawn more attention this year for starting a lobbying group which promotes activism and conservative principals, as legal experts have warned Clarence Thomas should be wary of any conflicts of interest that arise related to his legal decisions.

Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 that Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her at work. Thomas denied the allegations and called them "a high-tech lynching," reports the New York Times.

Hill's testimony set off a national debate, but Thomas was eventually confirmed by a vote of 52 to 48.