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Investigation: Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Keep His Job

Dr. Tyson responded to the allegations in a long Facebook post, in which he denied the rape and described the first two incidents as benign.

“While I don’t explicitly remember searching for Pluto at the top of her shoulder, it is surely something I would have done in that situation,” Dr. Tyson wrote of Dr. Allers’s account. “As we all know, I have professional history with the demotion of Pluto, which had occurred officially just three years earlier. So whether people include it or not in their tattoos is of great interest to me.”

Dr. Allers said she was interviewed in person for several hours by an investigator from T&M Protection Resources, a company the museum hired. She said the investigator followed up with witnesses she provided, and looked into a speech Dr. Tyson gave at a conference in 2014, which she said included jokes about gay people and criticisms of conservatives.

Dr. Tyson was also investigated by Fox Broadcasting and National Geographic, which broadcast his television series, “StarTalk” and “Cosmos.” Those companies announced in March that their investigations were complete and that his shows would return to the air. Dr. Allers said that investigation seemed less thorough to her, just a half-hour phone call with investigators from the two networks.

Dr. Allers said she did not find the results of the museum’s investigation surprising — “This is kind of the way the world works,” she said — but added that there was no good possible outcome either way.

“Any time this comes up in the news — I’m sure it will, even with this outcome — I get bombarded with emails and phone calls that are pretty hateful and kind of scary,” Dr. Allers said. She said she hoped the museum was “taking steps to make sure behavior like this doesn’t continue to occur.”

Ms. Amet was outraged by the museum’s decision.

“If Neil deGrasse Tyson had raped a white woman, he would not be on TV anymore, and this woman would have received a settlement,” Ms. Amet, who is black, said in a statement.

Ms. Watson said she had declined to speak with the museum’s investigators, as she was worn out from telling her story to other investigators and to news outlets. She said she just wanted to move on.

“In hindsight, I should’ve talk to them,” she said in a text message. “Although I personally don’t think the outcome would’ve been different.”

Dr. Tyson, who has led the planetarium since 1996, did not respond to a request for comment for this article.

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