Junot Díaz gives interview about misconduct accusations

Díaz is keeping his teaching and editing positions at the Massachusetts institute of Technology.

Author Junot Diaz is interviewed in the aftermath of harassment allegations.

BOSTON (AP) — A famous author accused of sexual misconduct has broken his silence.

The Boston Globe writes Saturday that Junot Díaz adamantly denies allegations from the women saying he behaved inappropriately.

Díaz says he was shocked by the accusations and said it doesn’t sound “like anything that’s in my life, anything that’s me.”

Author Zinzi Clemmons and other female writers recently shared stories of Diaz’s behavior. Clemmons said Diaz forcibly kissed her several years ago; others cited instances when they felt he had verbally attacked them. Diaz has said he takes responsibility for his past actions.

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Díaz is keeping his teaching and editing positions at the Massachusetts institute of Technology and Boston Review following separate investigations of those organizations into wrongdoing. A top editor at Boston Review said the accusations lacked ‘the kind of severity” that animated the #MeToo movement.

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