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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Neil deGrasse Tyson accused of sexual misconduct

Popular astrophysicist and television presenter Neil deGrasse Tyson has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.

The Washington Post reports that both the Fox and National Geographic Networks will now investigate the claims.

The details

The accusations have been made by a physics and astronomy professor from Bucknell University, and a former assistant of Tyson, and a musician.

  • The professor accuses Tyson of groping her during a meeting at the American Astronomical Society in 2009.  Although she didn’t describe the experience as sexual assault, she said Tyson was “creepy” and was someone who doesn’t have “great respect for the female bodily anatomy”.
  • Tyson’s assistant said he tried to convince her to have sex with him while making inappropriate comments about her body.  She also said Tyson kept a list of actress that he called “overweight” on his phone.
  • The musician first made accusations against Tyson in 2014, saying he tried to rape her in the 1980s while they were at school together.

The big picture

Tyson hosted the program Cosmos on Fox in 2014 – an updated edition is scheduled to be broadcast on National Geographic next year.  The producers of Cosmos 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.”

What the experts say

Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at Discrimination Claims, said the era of the #MeToo movement has given women everywhere the courage to come forward.

“What MeToo has really done is shone a light on this appalling conduct, often perpetrated by rich, famous and powerful people.

“The movement has sent a loud signal that women, and men, will not put up with sexual misconduct anymore, no matter who it is that’s doing it.”

Go deeper

READ MORE:  What is sexual harassment

READ MORE:  How to spot sexual harassment at your workplace

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