In this Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz pauses during an interview in New York. Diaz is speaking out about the sexual misconduct allegations against him. The Boston Globe reports Diaz adamantly denies the accusations from women who say he behaved inappropriately. Author Zinzi Clemmons and other female writers have recently shared stories of Diaz's alleged behavior. Image: AP/Bebeto Matthews
Pulitzer Board tells Junot Diaz he is ‘welcome’ to remain
Associated Press / 01:50 PM November 18, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize Board has decided not to remove fiction writer Junot Diaz over sexual harassment allegations.
The board announced Friday that an independent review “did not find evidence warranting” Diaz’s departure and that the author would be “welcome” to complete his term, which ends in April. The monthslong review was conducted by the Washington D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly. It followed an allegation by writer Zinzi Clemmons that Diaz had forcibly kissed her. Other female writers on social media shared their encounters with Diaz.
Diaz won the Pulitzer for fiction in 2008 for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”
He currently teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT announced in June that it had completed a review and found no evidence of misconduct. NVG