Posted on November 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Author Junot Diaz will remain on the Pulitzer Prize board after a review of sexual-misconduct allegations against him found no reason to remove him, according to the New York Times.
Writer Zinzi Clemmons has said Diaz forcibly kissed her, and other women joined her in reporting inappropriate behavior such as misogyny and verbal bullying.
Diaz initially issued a statement accepting responsibility, then walked back his words and specifically denied the accusations.
In response to Friday’s announcement from the Pulitzer board, Diaz issued a statement through his publicist praising the investigation’s thorough work.
“I am grateful the investigation found the truth,” the statement said. “I look forward to returning to the Pulitzer’s important work.”
Diaz had resigned as chairman of the board back in May, as the allegations surfaced.
The following month, several editors at The Boston Review resigned over the magazine’s continued association with him, but MIT cleared him to return to teach in the fall.
Diaz is perhaps best known for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2008.
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