The National Geographic Channel has pulled Neil deGrasse Tyson's popular StarTalk chat show from their current schedule, an article from Variety reports. As noted by the Inquisitr, Tyson has been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal since November of 2018 when two women came forward with accusations of unwanted sexual contact and advances. A third woman had previously claimed Tyson drugged and raped her when they were graduate students in the 1980s.
Following the newest accusations, Fox Networks Group announced they'd be performing an independent investigation, a move Neil deGrasse Tyson declared his support for on Facebook in his first public comments on the cases. The National Geographic Channel cited that investigation as the reason for Tyson's continued absence on the network.
"In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded we chose to hold new episodes of 'Star Talk' until it is complete," a NatGeo rep told Variety. "We expect that to happen in the next few weeks at which time we'll make a final decision."
The two most recent allegations were reported by Patheos and involve Tyson touching Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University, in 2008. According to Allers, he was interested in a tattoo she had of the solar system on her arm.
"He looked for Pluto, and followed the tattoo into my dress," Allers says.
"My experience with him is he's not someone who has great respect for female bodily autonomy."