A number of authors have taken to Twitter to accuse Junot Díaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, of sexual harassment and other misconduct.
Allegations broke early this morning, when What We Lose author Zinzi Clemmons took to the social media platform to say that Díaz [corner[ed] and forcibly kiss[ed]” her at a workshop.
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.
— zinziclemmons (@zinziclemmons) May 4, 2018
Díaz is the latest in a string of high-profile authors—including Sherman Alexie, Jay Asher, and James Dashner—to be accused of misconduct following the Harvey Weinstein scandal last October and the consequent launch of the #MeToo movement. The news comes weeks after Díaz recounted his childhood history of sexual abuse in an essay for the New Yorker, and on the same day the Swedish Academy announced it would postpone the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature until next year due to its recent sexual assault scandal.
As of publication time, representatives from Riverhead, which publishes Díaz’s adult books, had yet to respond to PW‘s request for comment.
This story is developing, and will be updated upon further information.