Female lawyer accuses Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her in 1999.

Female lawyer accuses Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her in 1999.
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New allegations of sexual assault have surfaced against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. A woman named Moira Smith alleges that the Supreme Court Justice groped her without consent at a dinner in 1999, according to a report in the National Law Journal.

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Smith, who is now vice president at Enstar Natural Gas Co., was a 23-year-old Truman Foundation scholar at the time. She claims that Thomas, who was a Supreme Court Justice at the time, grabbed and squeezed her butt several times while they were at a Truman Foundation dinner in Falls Church, Va.

“He groped me while I was setting the table, suggesting I should sit ‘right next to him,’" Smith wrote, according to the NLJ report. Several of Smith’s former roommates and fellow Truman scholars also told the NLJ they remembered her talking about the incident at the time.

Thomas has denied the allegations in a statement, saying: “this claim is preposterous and it never happened."

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These aren't the first allegations of this kind against the Supreme Court Justice. In 1991, law professor Anita Hill testified that Thomas had sexually harassed her in the '80s when he was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Earlier this month, in the wake of Trump's now-infamous comments about grabbing women "by the pussy" and kissing them without consent, Hill wrote a Boston Globe op-ed about her experiences.

“What I learned in 1991 is no less true today and no less important for people to understand: responses to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence must start with a belief that women matter as much as the powerful men they encounter at work or at school, whether those men are bosses or professors, colleagues or fellow students,” she wrote.

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If there's one good thing to come out of the hideous train wreck that is Trump's campaign, it's that women are starting to speak out about past assaulted and harassment. But that is literally the one good thing.

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