Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz was taking questions at the Sydney Writers’ Festival when writer Zinzi Clemmons stood up. She asked why, when Díaz published an essay last month about the trauma of having been raped as a child, he didn’t confess to mistreating Clemmons in 2012. On Twitter, Clemmons explained that Díaz forcibly kissed her when she was a graduate student at Columbia University. Two more women writers have come forward with accusations of inappropriate behavior by Díaz, who withdrew from the festival. “I take responsibility for my past,” he responded. “This is the reason I made the decision to tell the truth of my rape and its damaging aftermath.”
Twenty-seven more women have come forward accusing Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct. CBS fired the legendary broadcaster last November after 17 women accused him of sexual harassment, and PBS canceled his show. Now The Washington Post reports a history of abuse dating back to 1976, including three instances when women alerted CBS to Rose’s conduct. Rose, 76, called the story “unfair and inaccurate.” He was accused of groping colleagues and exposing himself at the office, and of making unwanted advances to assistants at his home and during business trips. In a separate article, one woman who interned for Rose in 2007 described being asked to plunge a toilet at his house “brimming with feces.” Former CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said, “If I knew there was this darker side, he would never have been hired.”
Prince Harry is getting an early taste of the stress that comes with in-laws. Thomas Markle Jr., the estranged half-brother of Harry’s bride-to-be, Meghan, urged the prince in a letter to call off “the biggest mistake in royal wedding history,” adding, “You and the royal family should put an end to this fake fairy-tale wedding before it’s too late.” The brother, who lives in Oregon, was not among the 500-plus people invited to the May 19 wedding at Windsor Castle, nor was his father, who divorced Meghan’s mother in 1988. To “top it all off, she doesn’t invite her own family,” Markle complained. There was no response from Meghan or the royals.