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Lawrence Krauss to Retire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Arizona State University's Lawrence Krauss is to retire at the end of the academic year, following sexual abuse allegations from multiple women, the New York Times reports.

Earlier this year, Buzzfeed News reported that a number of women had made sexual misconduct allegations against Krauss over the course of decades, including an instance in which he allegedly groped a woman as a picture was taken during a function in Australia. This led ASU to investigate and begin to remove Krauss from some positions, the Times says, including as director of the ASU's Origins Project, a multidisciplinary initiative to examine the origins of the universe and life. Buzzfeed News recently reported that the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences had recommended for Krauss to be fired.

However, Krauss announced this week that he would retire in May, the Times reports. It adds that he has denied the sexual misconduct allegations and criticized the school's review process, saying he was unable to question witnesses. ASU tells the Times that Krauss would have had such an opportunity at a hearing, but that he chose to retire instead.