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Neil deGrasse Tyson cancels Tampa appearance in wake of Me Too allegations

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Neil deGrasse Tyson attends a fan event celebrating the release Kelly Clarkson's album "Meaning of Life.". Fox and National Geographic Networks said Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, they will probe sexual misconduct allegations against renowned astrophysicist Tyson. Women accused the "Cosmos" host of acting in a sexually inappropriate manner with them. [Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File]
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Neil deGrasse Tyson attends a fan event celebrating the release Kelly Clarkson's album "Meaning of Life.". Fox and National Geographic Networks said Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, they will probe sexual misconduct allegations against renowned astrophysicist Tyson. Women accused the "Cosmos" host of acting in a sexually inappropriate manner with them. [Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File]
Published Dec. 12, 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson has canceled several of his upcoming live appearances, including his Jan. 23 talk in Tampa.

Tickets purchased with a credit card will be automatically refunded, a news release from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts said. Tickets purchased by cash or check will be refunded by check within one to two weeks.

Though the Straz Center did not give a reason, the cancellation comes after Patheos.com last month published accounts from several women who say Tyson was sexually inappropriate with them, including one who said Tyson sexually assaulted her when they were students at the University of Texas Austin in the 1980s.

The astrophysicist, talk show host and possibly most recognizable living scientist in mainstream culture today, denied all of the allegations in a lengthy statement posted to Facebook on Dec. 1.

Tyson wrote that he welcomes the independent investigation that National Geographic and Fox Broadcasting, the networks that air his Star Talk and Cosmos series, said it would conduct. The American Museum of Natural History in New York, where Tyson, 60, serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium, also said it would investigate.

Contact Christopher Spata at cspata@tampabay.com or follow @SpataTimes on Twitter.