Author Junot Diaz cleared of wrongdoing in MIT investigation
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigation has cleared Pulitzer Prize-winning author and creative writing professor Junot Diaz to return to the classroom this fall.
The Boston Globe reports the inquiry into Diaz’s actions toward female students and staff yielded no information that would lead to restrictions on Diaz’s role as a faculty member at the university in Cambridge.
Author Zinzi Clemmons and other female writers have 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.
Diaz has not commented MIT’s decision, but his agent says she’s pleased with the outcome.