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02 December 2018, 09:57 | Myron Mathis
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Fox and the producers of the television series Cosmos have opened an investigation into multiple sexual misconduct claims against the show's host, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
In a joint statement, Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographicsaid, "We have only just become aware of the recent allegations regarding Neil deGrasse Tyson".
The author had recently landed in hot waters after Patheos.com published reports from two women who had claimed to have been victims of sexual misconduct at the hands of Tyson. In one, Katelyn Allers, an associate professor of astronomy and physics at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, claimed Tyson inappropriately touched her in 2009 while admiring a space tattoo on her upper left arm.
Fox and National Geographic Networks have said they will conduct a thorough investigation. Watson says she was shaken by the interaction, but felt like she needed references and recommendations so she planned on just working the last few days of the Cosmos filming. "I was reported to have "groped" her by searching 'up her dress, ' when this was simply a search under the covered part of her shoulder of the sleeveless dress", he wrote.
This follows an account from Tchiya Amet, who publicly accused Tyson of drugging and raping her in 1984.
The former assistant said the meeting was uncomfortable and ended with an "awkward and incredibly intimate handshake". She agreed to meet him for a glass of wine, feeling she really couldn't tell her boss a flat no on the invitation. That's when people tend to pass judgment on who is more credible than whom.
"I'm the accused, so why believe anything I say?" he asks. He reportedly mentioned how hard it had been for him to be away from home for several months. He said the woman later told him that she was "creeped out" and viewed the invitation as an attempt to seduce her. It was a smart way to diffuse a tense situation, but she says he was unfazed...
She told McAfee that, given her experience, deGrasse Tyson doesn't seem like "someone who has great respect for female bodily autonomy". "Had I been told of her discomfort in the moment, I would have offered this same apology eagerly, and on the spot".
"I woke up in his bed; I was naked... When he saw that I had woken up, he got on top of me and mounted me, and I passed out again", Amet recalled.
Tyson said he fully supports the investigation. She also claims she confronted him at a public speech he gave in California in 2010. This is not the first time the popular science evangelist has been accused of sexual misconduct. So, at a minimum, she's been making this allegation for a number of years. She viewed the invite as an attempt to seduce her.
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