Doomsday Clock professor on leave amid sex misconduct allegations
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PHOENIX — Arizona State University professor Lawrence Krauss, internationally known as an outspoken atheist and for his work on the symbolic "Doomsday Clock," has been put on paid leave by university officials after allegations of sexual misconduct were published in a recent BuzzFeed article.
The university, in a statement issued late Tuesday, said it began a review of the professor's conduct after it was contacted for the article.
"In an effort to avoid further disruption ... as the university continues to gather facts about the allegations, Krauss has been placed on paid leave and is prohibited from being on campus for the duration of the review," ASU said in a written statement.
Krauss, a theoretical physicist known internationally for his work, has denied the story's allegations. It includes at least nine allegations of inappropriate behavior or comments, some more detailed than others.
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On Tuesday, Krauss resigned as chairman of the elite Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' board and reiterated that denial in a resignation letter to the board.
"As you know, I have denied the story's allegations. BuzzFeed was provided with abundant counter-evidence that was ignored or distorted in their story," he wrote in the statement.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is perhaps most famous for its "Doomsday Clock," a symbolic pronouncement issued each year based on whether the events of the previous year have pushed humanity closer or further from destruction.Read More...