Neil deGrasse Tyson Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Astrophysicist and TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson has been accused by two women of sexual misconduct. In light of the new allegations, the networks and producers behind the Emmy-winning Cosmos reboot vowed to investigate the matter. Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University, claims that Tyson groped her at a party in 2009, while Tyson’s former assistant Ashley Watson said she was forced to quit her job over his inappropriate sexual advances. The two women join 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. "In any claim, evidence matters. Evidence always matters. But what happens when it’s just one person’s word against another’s, and the stories don’t agree? That’s when people tend to pass judgment on who is more credible than whom. And that’s when an impartial investigation can best serve the truth – and would have my full cooperation to do so," Tyson stated. Cosmos producers said in a statement: "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." Read Tyson's full statement here.