Neil deGrasse Tyson to re­turn to TV

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The as­tro­physi­cist Neil deGrasse Tyson will re­turn to tele­vi­sion af­ter the broad­cast­ers of his shows an­nounced Fri­day that they had com­pleted their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against him.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete, and we are mov­ing for­ward with both ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cos­mos,’ ” Fox Broad­cast­ing and Na­tional Geo­graphic said of his two shows. “‘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.’ There will be no fur­ther com­ment.”

The state­ment did not say what in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­cluded about the com­plaints. Tyson was ac­cused in De­cem­ber of be­hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately with two women, in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by the web­site Patheos.

One ac­cu­sa­tion came from Ashley Wat­son, his as­sis­tant on “Cos­mos,” who said that dur­ing a visit to his apart­ment, which she took to be a work visit, he made her feel un­com­fort­able by hold­ing her hands and look­ing into her eyes in what he called a Na­tive Amer­i­can hand­shake. As she was leav­ing, she said, he told her, “I want you to know that I want to hug you so bad right now, but I know that if I do I’ll just want more.” She quit the show.

The other ac­count came from Kate­lyn N. Allers, a physics and as­tron­omy pro­fes­sor, who said that while ex­am­in­ing her tat­too of the so­lar sys­tem, Tyson had fol­lowed it into her dress. The ar­ti­cle also re­vis­ited an ear­lier ac­cu­sa­tion against Tyson lev­eled by Tchiya Amet El Maat, who has ac­cused him of rap­ing her in 1984 when they were grad­u­ate stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Austin.

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