Fourth Woman Accuses Neil deGrasse Tyson of Sexual Misconduct
A fourth woman has now come forward and accused Astrophysicist and TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson of sexual misconduct. The unnamed woman says Tyson drunkenly propositioned her at a 2010 staff holiday party at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he serves as Director of the Hayden Planetarium. She reported the incident to her employer in 2014 as justification for refusing to collaborate with him on a proposed project. She joins Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University, who claims that Tyson groped her at a party in 2009, and Tyson’s former assistant, Ashley Watson, who said she was forced to quit her job over his inappropriate sexual advances. There’s also musician Tchiya Amet, who a year ago, accused Tyson of raping her while both were grad students. In a Facebook post, Tyson acknowledges that he and Amet (then living under a different name) had a “brief” sexual relationship, but denies that the incident in question ever happened. Of the two incidents of alleged sexual misconduct, meanwhile, Tyson broadly acknowledges the events in question but says his intent was misinterpreted, and that his “enthusiasm” and offers of friendship were seen as sexual interest instead. The networks and producers behind the Emmy-winning Cosmos reboot vowed to investigate the matter. More here.