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Lawyer Accuses Thomas Of Groping Her at Party in ‘99

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WASHINGTON—An Alaska lawyer has accused Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her at a dinner party in 1999, a claim that Justice Thomas called preposterous.”

The lawyer Moira Smith, who was a 23 year-old Truman Foundation scholar at the time, told the National Law Journal that Justice Thomas had “sort of cupped his hand around my butt and pulled me pretty close to him” as she was making final preparations for the party, in a Washington suburb.

Justice Thomas, continuing to squeeze her buttocks, urged her to sit next to him at the dinner, Miss Smith said. She declined. He asked if she was sure, Miss Smith recalled. “I said yes, and that was the end of it,” she said.

Through a court spokeswoman, Justice Thomas told The National Law Journal that the episode “never happened.” The spokeswoman, Kathleen L. Arberg, said she had nothing to add to that statement.

Justice Thomas, 68, took his seat on the court 25 years ago after a

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