Neil DeGrasse Tyson Will Keep His Job After Sexual Misconduct Investigation
The science communicator and leading astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History will keep his job following an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.
A spokeswoman for the Museum of Natural History said that the decision to keep Tyson on staff was based on the results of the investigation but asserted that because it was a "confidential personnel matter" the institution would not be making any further comments.
Tyson was accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour by two women in an article published in November of last year on the website, Patheos.
Doctor Katelyn N. Allers, an associate professor of physics and astronomy told the website that she was "felt up" by Tyson at an after-party in 2009.
Allers stated that the incident would not be classified as assault but alleged that it showed he was capable of "creepy behaviour" and if there had been a reporting system for sexual harassment under the American Astronomical Society at the time, she would have come forward earlier.
Another woman, Ashley Watson, who was a former assistant to Tyson claimed in the article that she had to quit her job due to his sexual advances.
Watson alleged that Tyson had "predatory tendencies" and detailed a night of warding off his alleged sexual advances in his apartment after agreeing to enter for a glass of wine in order to impress her boss.
The article also detailed an accusation of rape made against Tyson by Tchiya Amet el Maat, who attended graduate school with him at the University of Texas, Austin.
While he has largely declined to speak to the media about the allegations, Tyson gave his own account of each of these stories in a Facebook post in December of last year.
Tyson denied sexually assaulting el Maat and said that the story was used as "a kind of solicitation-bait by at least one journalist to bring out of the woodwork anybody who had any encounter with me that left them uncomfortable."
Tyson was also previously under investigation by National Geographic but the television network cleared him after an investigation and said that it will continue to produce episodes of his shows Cosmos and Star Talk.