Neil deGrasse Tyson Welcomes Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against Him
Recently, everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had allegations of sexual misconduct against him. He’s the director of the Hayden Planetarium and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Moreover, he hosts the show Cosmos which airs on Fox. It was also set to air on National Geographic Network. The two networks vow to investigate these allegations thoroughly which Tyson welcomes openly. Two women came out in the website Patheos.com and stated that Neil deGrasse Tyson engaged in sexual misconduct with them.
The producers of Cosmos said:
“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.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds
Tyson declared that he was willing to cooperate fully with an impartial investigation into these allegations against him. In a detailed Facebook Post on Saturday, Tyson opens up.
Neil deGrasse, being a scientist, said that the utmost important thing in the matter of these allegations is evidence. The commonplace act of just having to hear two sides of a story and not knowing which one to believe in is not the most accurate one. But Tyson is welcoming an open and impartial investigation into all of these allegations.
And that’s when an impartial investigation can best serve the truth – and would have my full cooperation to do so.
The astrophysicist told his side of the story. He denied committing any act of sexual misconduct. The accusation of a woman saying he groped her was denied by Tyson. He said that it was just his planetary enthusiasm urging him to look at a Pluto tattoo that the woman had, though he admitted he should not have been so dismissive about someone’s personal space.
With his production assistant, Tyson says the two had a warm friendship. When he invited her over to have wine and cheese, he had no intention of seducing her in any way. But, Tyson still apologized for making both women uncomfortable with his actions.
Tackling an incident in the 1980’s where a woman accused him of drugging and raping her, Tyson denied these allegations outright. He said they had a brief relationship and some intimate moments but never without consent like that. He’s sad to see a story be so fabricated.
Though, Neil deGrasse Tyson still says he is the accused and no one can really believe his side of the story,
“I’m the accused, so why believe anything I say? Why believe me at all?That brings us back to the value of an independent investigation, which FOX/NatGeo (the networks on which Cosmos and StarTalk air) announced that they will conduct. I welcome this.”
Let’s see what happens next.