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    Matias returns Junot Diaz donation

    Lawrence state Representative Juana Matias is campaigning for the congressional seat being vacated by retiring US Representative Niki Tsongas.
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    Lawrence state Representative Juana Matias is campaigning for the congressional seat being vacated by retiring US Representative Niki Tsongas.

    Lawrence state Representative Juana Matias, who needs every penny she can get to mount a serious campaign for the congressional seat being vacated by retiring US Representative Niki Tsongas, has had to send back $5,700 to a donor — Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has been hit with allegations of sexual harassment.

    Matias’s campaign spokesman Mike Murray confirmed she returned the funds following the accusations of sexual misconduct and misogynistic behavior by Diaz.

    Diaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” But when reports of his behavior emerged in early May, he was forced to withdraw from a writers festival in Sydney, Australia.

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    Frank Phillips can be reached at frank.phillips@globe.com.