According to Science, Salk hired The Rose Group, a law firm, to investigate the case against Verma in March. Following Science’s April reporting of sexual misconduct allegations by eight women with connections to the institute, Verma was placed on administrative leave. This was in addition to his suspension as PNAS’s editor-in-chief after a gender discrimination lawsuit was filed against the Salk Institute.
Verma claims he has never misbehaved, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune. In an email to the newspaper in April, he said, “I have never used my position at the Salk Institute to take advantage of others.” He went on to add, “I have also never engaged in any sort of intimate relationship with anyone affiliated with the Salk Institute.”