Weeks after publishing his own story of sexual abuse in the New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz is facing an onslaught of accusations of sexual misconduct and misogyny directed at fellow writers.
“Junot Diaz has made his behavior the burden of young women – particularly women of color – for far too long, enabled by his team and the institutions that employ him,” Clemmons wrote in a statement to the AP. “It is time for the burden of his bad behavior to be laid squarely at his feet, and for him to deal with the consequences of his actions.”
Through his literary agent, Diaz told the New York Times that he takes responsibility for his past.
Since Clemmons’ tweets, other women have come forward with stories of alleged verbal abuse and misogyny by Diaz.
A few months before, Diaz had published an essay in the New Yorker expressing the “Rejection” and “Fear” that came from a Trump victory.
Diaz refused to answer the rest of Fortes’ and her co-moderator’s questions, instead calling on audience members.
On Facebook, author Monica Byrne detailed her encounter with Diaz at a dinner in 2014.
In April, Diaz published an essay in the New Yorker about his own experience with rape when he was eight years old and how the trauma manifested later in his personal life.