The National Geographic Channel and Fox Broadcasting have closed their investigation The astrophysicist and television celebrity Neil deGrasse Tyson has alleged multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and will broadcast two of his postponed shows, Entertainment Weekly reported Friday.
The broadcaster said it would StarTalk and Cosmos: Possible Worlds (the latter was postponed to the date of the premiere of March 3) after the investigation was completed. However, Entertainment Weekly wrote that it did not elaborate on the reasoning:
NatGeo would say in a statement released to EW, "The investigation is complete." Although it would not release its findings, it revealed that StarTalk Tyson's talk show, now in its fifth season, is back in April for 13 episodes. The network also said it was "committed" to air a third season of Cosmos which is a revival of a franchise founded by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. Although it was originally planned to debut via Fox and NatGeo channels sometime this spring, no date has yet been set.
Four women have been charged with sexual misconduct by Tyson. The former University of Texas at Austin, classmate Tchiya Amet El Maat, said Tyson drugged and raped her in 1984, while Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania's Physics and Astronomy Professor Katelyn Allers said she had Tyson 2009 inappropriately touched at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Ashley Watson, an assistant to Tyson in the series Cosmos said she quit her job after Tyson made unwanted sexual advances. BuzzFeed News said a fourth woman said Tyson had drunk her at a party at the 2010 American Museum of Natural History, made sexual jokes, and asked her to meet him alone in his office.
Tyson denies that he raped and called El Maat's credibility and stated that the incidents involving Allers and Watson were misunderstandings. According to the New York Times, a National Geographic spokesman did not want to comment on what the investigators had decided, coming across the brief statement already sent.
"I feel ignored," El Maat told the Times on Friday, adding that she plans to be "vocal, more active" in response. Watson told the Times that the incidents are "always the word of a low-level assistant and a perceived eccentric woman of color against an extremely powerful and wealthy TV personality," added El Maat, "and added, El Maat" has my support and I believe you Allers She said she had talked to the investigators, but refused to comment on it.
[Entertainment Weekly/New York Times]