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Neil deGrasse Tyson accused of sexual misconduct by three women

Neil deGrasse Tyson accused of sexual misconduct by three women”

In an article published by Patheos on Thursday (via The Hollywood Reporter), two former colleagues recounted instances in which deGrasse Tyson made unwanted advances.

He ended the statement with: "Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage". Sometimes irreversibly. I see myself as loving husband and as a public servant - a scientist and educator who serves at the will of the public.

"In my mind's eye", he wrote, "I'm a friendly and accessible guy, but going forward, I can surely be more sensitive to people's personal space, even in the midst of my planetary enthusiasm".

Neil deGrasse Tyson visits SiriusXM Studios on November 8, 2018 in New York City.

Allers said she met Tyson at a party thrown by the American Astronomical Society back in 2009.

Allers said that she wouldn't describe the incident an assault, but that it was definitely "creepy". If investigators find that the claims have merit, however, it's safe to say this will have a lasting impact on any victims, the broader astrophysics community and Cosmos' expected return to TV in 2019.

She told writer David C. McAfee: "My experience with him is he's not someone who has great respect for female bodily autonomy".

Tyson hosted 2014's Cosmos, a science anthology in the vein of author Carl Sagan's 1980 series of the same name. In his search for the dwarf planet, the astronomer "followed the tattoo into my dress", said Allers. She told me she was at his apartment when he offered her water, and the next thing she remembered was waking up to an assault.

Watson says Tyson started talking about how every human being needs certain "releases" in life, including physical releases. She told a supervisor about the alleged incident, and later quit.

Tyson wrote in his Facebook post that he never touched Watson aside from the special handshake he had learned from a Native American elder on reservation land.

Both allegations came to light roughly a year after musician Tchiya Amet claimed that Tyson raped her when they were both graduate students. When he saw that I had woken up, he got on top of me and mounted me, and I passed out again.

In a joint statement, Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographic said, "We have only just become aware of the recent allegations regarding Neil deGrasse Tyson". 'I'm the accused, so why believe anything I say?' he also stated.

CNN has reached out to both networks for comment.



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