Neil deGrasse Tyson keeps job after sexual misconduct allegations

Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo credit: Getty

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson won't lose any of his jobs despite being accused of sexual misconduct and rape.

In December the Cosmos host was accused by two women of inappropriate behaviour. One was an assistant on his show Cosmos, who quit after he allegedly tried to seduce her at a meeting she thought was for work; the other a fellow astronomer and physicist Katelyn Allers, who said he touched her inappropriately while examining her solar system tattoo.

The accusations followed claims he raped a woman, Tchiya Amet, in the early 1980s.

The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, which Tyson leads, said on Friday its investigation into the claims was complete.

"Based on the results of the investigation, Dr Tyson remains an employee and director of the Hayden Planetarium. Because this is a confidential personnel matter, there will be no further statements by the museum."

Dr Allers said it wasn't surprising.

"This is kind of the way the world works," she told the New York Times.

Fox and National Geographic, the networks which air his shows, ended their investigations in March. They put his shows back on the air, but didn't say what the investigations found. 

Amet blamed racism. 

"If Neil deGrasse Tyson had raped a white woman, he would not be on TV anymore, and this woman would have received a settlement," she told the Times.

Both Amet and Dr Tyson are black.

Dr Tyson declined to comment on the museum's decision, and hasn't mentioned it on his social media accounts.

When the accusations arose in December, Tyson said they were misunderstandings and he apologised. He denied the rape claim, saying he briefly dated Amet in the 1980s and it "never actually happened".



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