A new movie on the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings may tarnish Joe Biden's legacy with women by reigniting the furor over the 1991 Senate grilling of sexual harassment accuser, Anita Hill.
The HBO film "Confirmation,"
starring actress Kerry Washington as Hill and Greg Kinnear as Biden, who was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the hearings, airs Sunday.
According to CNN,
excerpts of the film portray Biden as worried about his own image and questioning of Hill's truthfulness.
"I do not want to go after this guy on a sex charge ... this is exactly the kind of thing I hate," the Biden character says, CNN reports.
For her own part, Hill was bitterly critical of Biden in a 2014 interview with the Huffington Post
, in which she charged that Biden did a "disservice" not only to her, but "more importantly… to the public" for not allowing the testimony of three other women who would allegedly have echoed her own charges of sexual harassment by Thomas.
Podcast co-host Cristen Conger, of "Stuff Mom Never Told You,"
after viewing original film of the hearings, calls the questioning of Hill by the all-male Judiciary Committee — including Biden — "horrifying."
And according to CNN, "Call Your Girlfriend" podcast co-host Aminatou Sow blasted Biden as "evil."
"First of all, if you go back to the Anita Hill hearings, he stopped other women from testifying to corroborate Anita's testimony," Sow said, CNN reports. "Which one, is evil, but two makes him, like, directly responsible for Clarence Thomas."
Biden hasn't commented, CNN reports, though his office has issued a statement about the Thomas hearings, saying Biden fought for "gender diversity" on the committee, and noting a Gallup poll's finding at the time showed a "63 percent favorability rating for his handling of the hearings."
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