Another one bites the dust: Neil deGrasse Tyson is being investigated after allegations of rape, misogynistic comments, and inappropriate sexual advances.
Associated Press reports:
Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will be investigated by Fox and National Geographic Networks after allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him.
Famous astrophysicist/TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson has come under scrutiny as two more women have accused the Cosmos host of sexual misconduct. In light of the new allegations, the networks and producers behind the Emmy-winning Cosmos reboot are vowing to look into the matter.
The newest allegations were first reported by Patheos blogger David McAfee. According to his report two different women claim Tyson behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner with them. Concerning the two new allegations McAfee reports:
Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University, told me that she was “felt up” by Tyson at an after-party following a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2009. AAS didn’t have a mechanism for reporting sexual harassment at the time, but Dr. Allers says she probably would report the incident if it had happened today.
As if this allegation wasn’t shocking enough, it came within days of my interview with Ashley Watson, a former assistant to Tyson who says she was forced to quit her job due to his inappropriate sexual advances.
Previously McAfee reported on allegations that Tyson had raped a former student.
As a result of McAfee’s reporting Fox and National Geographic are now investigating the award winning science communicator. Tyson was host of Cosmos on Fox in 2014 and a new edition of the series was to air on National Geographic next year.
In a statement to Deadline the producers of Cosmos said:
The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads. The producers of Cosmos can do no less in this situation. We are committed to a thorough investigation of this matter and to act accordingly as soon as it is concluded.
The two networks said in a statement to Deadline:
We have only just become aware of the recent allegations regarding Neil deGrasse Tyson. We take these matters very seriously and we are reviewing the recent reports.
Bottom line: Neil deGrasse Tyson is being investigated after allegations of rape, misogynistic comments, and inappropriate sexual advances.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, acclaimed astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, is a science communicator and the author of numerous books, including such bestsellers as Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
*** UPDATE: Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds To Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct ***