Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz has been accused of sexual misconduct by a fellow writer.
Zinzi Clemmons, author of the novel “What We Lose” — her debut book — took to Twitter early Friday to say that Díaz had forcibly kissed her.
“As a grad student, I invited Junot Diaz to speak to a workshop on issues of representation in literature. I was an unknown wide-eyed 26 yo, and he used it as an opportunity to corner and forcibly kiss me. I’m far from the only one he’s done this 2, I refuse to be silent anymore,” Clemmons, 33, tweeted.
Following Clemmons’ accusations, other women were prompted to tweet allegations of their own against Díaz.
“During his tour for THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER, Junot Díaz did a Q&A at the grad program I’d just graduated from. When I made the mistake of asking him a question about his protagonist’s unhealthy, pathological relationship with women, he went off for me for twenty minutes,” Carmen Maria Machado, author of “Her Body and Other Parties,” tweeted.
Machado noted in a separate tweet, “And the #MeToo stories are just starting.”
Díaz has not returned a request for comment.
Just last month, The New Yorker published a piece he wrote about being sexually abused as a child.
“I was raped when I was eight years old. By a grownup that I truly trusted. After he raped me, he told me I had to return the next day or I would be ‘in trouble.’ And because I was terrified, and confused, I went back the next day and was raped again.”
“I never told anyone what happened, but today I’m telling you,” wrote Díaz, a Dominican-born immigrant who grew up in New Jersey.
Díaz, 49, is the author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. He’s also the author of “Drown” and “This Is How You Lose Her.”
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