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CRITIC OF ANITA HILL NOW SAYS HE ERRED

An author who strongly criticized Anita Hill after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has backed off his claims.

David Brock wrote the best-selling 1993 book "The Real Anita Hill," challenging her allegations of sexual harassment that almost derailed Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court.

In the book, Brock called the woman who accused Thomas of making offensive sexual remarks "a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty" -- and became a star anti-Bill Clinton writer for the American Spectator.

"I was a witting cog in the Republican sleaze machine," Brock says in the August issue of Talk magazine, which ran excerpts from his upcoming book "Blinded by the Right."

Thomas had no comment, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.

In 1992, Brock wrote an article for the American Spectator that became the basis for his book on Hill.

Brock now says that in that article he did everything "to ruin Hill's credibility" and that he dumped "virtually every derogatory -- and often contradictory -- allegation I had collected on Hill into the vituperative mix."

"I demonized Democratic senators, their staffs and Hill's feminist supporters without ever interviewing any of them," Brock wrote.

Why is he confessing now? "I not only wrote a book I now believe was wrong, I consciously lied in print in a book review on this subject," he said from his Washington home. "I think I owe a debt to the historical record to correct it. If I made a mistake here, the mistake would be that I knew these facts five years ago and didn't disclose them."

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