Author Junot Diaz accused of sexual misconduct, 'virulent misogyny'

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In the last 24 hours, several women have come forth to accuse Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz of behaving inappropriately.

Two booksellers - Westbrook, Maine-based Quill Books & Beverage and Duende District, a pop up bookstore in Washington D.C. - have removed Diaz's books from its shelves.

During a Q&A at the festival on Friday, Zinzi Clemmons, author of the coming-of-age novel What We Lose, confronted Diaz about an alleged past instance of sexual harassment that she said occurred when she was a student. She said the incident happened when she was an "unknown wide-eyed 26-year-old".

In a statement provided via his literary agent, Diaz did not address the specific accusations, but said: "I take responsibility for my past".

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A representative for Clemmons did not respond to CNN's request for comment on this story. "We must continue to teach all men about consent and boundaries".

"Now, I don't know how fans of this work proceed from here".

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Carmen Maria Machado, also an author, also said Diaz "went off" on her for 20 minutes in front of an audience after she asked him about his book, "This is How You Lose Her", during a Q&A session at a book tour.

Writer Junot Diaz attends the Jersey Boys: David Chase, Junot Diaz, And Sam Lipsyte Moderated By David Remnick during The New Yorker Festival 2014 on October 10, 2014 in New York City. "I was crying in the lobby while you were clapping for him".

"I think about the hurt I caused", Diaz wrote.

"In the intervening years, I've heard easily a dozen stories about fucked-up sexual misconduct on his part and felt weirdly lucky that all ("all") I got was a blast of misogynist rage and public humiliation", she wrote, before slamming the writer's "horrific" treatment of women.

Last Friday, the Swedish Academy announced that it will delay the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature until next year, because of a sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed the academy after one of its associates was accused of sexual assault.

Diaz was in Australia this week, where he spoke at the Sydney Writer's Festival on Thursday. "As for so many in positions of power, the moment to reckon with the consequences of past behaviour has arrived".

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