#NationalGeographicChannel has completed its investigation into sexual misconduct claims made against famous astrophysicist and TV personality #NeildeGrasseTyson and have decided to allow him to continue to host “Cosmos” and “StarTalk.”
The channel didn’t disclose its findings from the investigation or offer any comment into the matter, according to @Variety.
“StarTalk will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for ‘Cosmos,’” the network said in a statement. “There will be no further comment.”
The claims first surfaced back in December when two women came forward to accuse Tyson of sexual misconduct.
Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, associate professor of physics and astronomy at #BucknellUniversity, alleged that Tyson groped her at an after-party following a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in 2009, @Deadline reports. Also, his former assistant #AshleyWatson claimed that she was forced to quit her job over his inappropriate sexual advances.
“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” and “StarTalk” have been in limbo for months, since the channel announced the investigation.
Fox had originally scheduled the new season of “Cosmos” to premiere on Sunday, March 3, while Nat Geo had slated a second window to begin on Monday, March 4, but both networks later had to scrap those plans.
Tyson responded to the whole ordeal on Facebook when the investigation was launched.
“I’ve recently been publicly accused of sexual misconduct,” Tyson wrote in the post. “These accusations have received a fair amount of press in the past forty-eight hours, unaccompanied by my reactions. In many cases, it’s not the media’s fault. I declined comment on the grounds that serious accusations should not be adjudicated in the press. But clearly I cannot continue to stay silent.”
“I’m the accused, so why believe anything I say? Why believe me at all?” the post concluded.
The two allegations added to one that was made some years back, when a woman accused Tyson of drugging and raping her in the early 1980’s.
He added, “Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage. Sometimes irreversibly. I see myself as loving husband and as a public servant – a scientist and educator who serves at the will of the public. I am grateful for the support I’ve received from those who continue to respect and value me and my work.”
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