Arizona professor put on leave amid misconduct allegations

PHOENIX — An Arizona State University physics professor known for his work with the Doomsday Clock has been suspended from his job after sexual misconduct allegations.

The school confirmed Wednesday that Lawrence Krauss is on paid leave while a review is being conducted.

Krauss issued a statement disputing the accusations initially reported by Buzzfeed last month.


Krauss said he can be ‘‘brash and outspoken, sometimes obnoxious’’ but he is not someone who demeans or objectifies others.

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He accused the publication of distorting facts and said that physical encounters with women, including one in a hotel room, either did not happen or were consensual.

The alleged offenses date back a decade and reportedly occurred both on and off campus.

Four former university employees told Buzzfeed that Krauss often made sexist remarks such as offering to buy birth control for a female colleague.

Krauss resigned from a board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which manages the Doomsday Clock.

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