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Neil deGrasse Tyson comes back to TV after examining sex investigation



Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Onward18 conference in New York, October 23, 2018.
Photo: Craig Barritt (Getty Images for Onward18)

National Geographic Channel and Fox Broadcasting said they have completed their investigation of astrophysics and television celebrity Neil deGrasse Tyson over several allegations of sexual abuse, and will fly two of his shows that have been postponed, Entertainment Weekly reported on Friday.

The channel said it would be aeration StarTalk and Cosmos: Possible worlds (the latter has been postponed after the March 3 premiere date) after completion of the investigation. However, Entertainment Weekly wrote that it did not elaborate its reasoning:

NatGeo would only say "the investigation is completed" in a statement released to EW. Although it would not release its findings, it revealed that StarTalk Tyson's talk show, now in its fifth season, is coming back to the air in 13 episodes in April. The network also said it is still "engaged" to fly a third season of Cosmos which is a revival of a franchise created by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. Although originally planned to debut sometime in the spring over the Fox and NatGeo channels, no airdate has been established.

Four different women have accused Tyson of sexual abuse. Former Texas University in Austin classmate Tchiya Amet El Maat has said that Tyson pulled and raped her in 1984, while Bucknell University in Pennsylvania physics and astronomy professor Katelyn Allers said Tyson unduly touched her at an American Astronomical Society meeting in 2009. Ashley Watson, an assistant to Tyson on the series Cosmos said she quit her job after Tyson made unwelcome sexual progress. BuzzFeed News reported that a fourth woman said that Tyson approached her while he was full at an American natural history party in 2010, made sexual jokes and asked her to meet him alone in her office.

Tyson denied raping El Maat and called her credibility questioned, and stated that the incidents Allers and Watson were misunderstood. According to the New York Times, a National Geographic spokesman refused to comment on which investigators decided to postpone the brief statement already sent out.

"I feel ignored," said the El Maat times on Friday and added that she was planning to be "more vocal, more active" in response. Watson told the times that the incidents were "always a low-level assistant and a perceived eccentric color woman against an extremely powerful and rich television personality," adding that El Maat "has my support and I believe in her." Allers said she had talked to investigators, but refused to comment beyond the Times.

[Entertainment Weekly/New York Times]


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