Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cynthia Nixon Tax Returns: $1.9M Income, $53K in Donations

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cynthia Nixon Tax Returns: $1.9M Income, $53K in Donations

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author confronted by accuser at festival

Author Junot Diaz has withdrawn from a writers' festival in Australia after fellow writers accused him of past sexual misconduct and misogyny, organizers said Saturday.

Diaz was confronted Friday at the Sydney Writers' Festival by author Zinzi Clemmons, who penned the coming-of-age novel "What We Lose." She later tweeted that when she was a 26-year-old graduate student, Diaz cornered her and forcibly kissed her.

Subsequently, writers Carmen Maria Machado and Monica Byrne tweeted they had also been subjected to inappropriate and aggressive behavior from Diaz.

In a statement Saturday, the Sydney Writers' Festival said that Diaz had pulled out of his remaining scheduled appearances.

Diaz, who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," told the New York Times through his literary agent that he takes responsibility for his past. …

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