Fellow authors claim Díaz physically and vocally assaulted them.
One author claims Díaz sexually assaulted her, others claimed he yelled at them. Andrew Toth / Getty

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Early Friday morning on Twitter, Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose, accused Junot Diáz of cornering her and forcibly kissing her when she was a 26-year-old graduate student. Clemmons also says she "told several people this story at the time" and has e-mails Díaz sent to her afterwards.



Publishers Weekly points to other authors, Carmen Maria Machado and Monica Byrne, who are now coming forward with stories about Diáz losing his temper with them.



Díaz is the author of critically acclaimed novels Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2008. Diáz won the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship in 2012.

As PW also points out, these accusations come shortly after the New Yorker published "The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma," an essay in which Díaz discusses the trauma he endured after being raped at the age of eight. Twice in the essay he mentions hurting others in his efforts to run away from his past, but in context he appeared to be referencing emotional pain related to infidelity:

It’s been almost a decade since the Fall. I am not who I once was. I’m neither the brother who can’t touch a girl nor the asshole who sleeps around. I’m in therapy twice a week. I don’t drink (except in Japan, where I let myself have a beer). I don’t hurt people with my lies or my choices, and wherever I can I make amends; I take responsibility. I’ve come to learn that repair is never-ceasing.

Here in Seattle, Book-It Repertory Theatre's production of Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao runs through the weekend. Stranger intern Sophia Stephens called the show "not just good" but "HOLY SHIT good."

Stephens stands by her evaluation of actor Elvis Nolasco’s solo performance, but says she no longer supports Díaz or his work in light of these allegations. "As a survivor myself, I believe the Black women and women of color who have come forward," she said.

A spokesperson for Book-It says the show will go on this weekend despite the allegations. Here's their full statement:

We at Book-It Repertory Theatre strongly feel that time’s up on people using their position of power and authority to sexually exploit others. Our staging of Junot Diaz’ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is scheduled to close this weekend and we do not have sufficiently vetted information to fairly comment on Mr. Diaz’ alleged actions or the women who are bringing their experiences to light.