An astrophysicist and liberal activist is under investigation after being accused of sexual misconduct by two women.
“Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson is under investigation by Fox, National Geographic and the producers of his scientific docuseries following new allegations of sexual misconduct, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed,” according to a report.
Cosmos currently airs on National Geographic.
Two women came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct in a story first published by Patheos on Thursday. One of them, a college classmate, accused him of rape.
“Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University, told me that she was ‘felt up’ by Tyson at an after-party following a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2009,” according to the report.
“After we had taken the picture, he noticed my tattoo and kind of grabbed me to look at it, and was really obsessed about whether I had Pluto on this tattoo or not… and then he looked for Pluto, and followed the tattoo into my dress,” Allers reportedly said.
Another woman claimed that she had to quit her job out of fear of Tyson’s sexual advances.
“As if this allegation wasn’t shocking enough, it came within days of my interview with Ashley Watson, a former assistant to Tyson who says she was forced to quit her job due to his inappropriate sexual advances,” the report said. “Watson worked directly with Tyson for several months. She says that, during that time, he put her in an uncomfortable situation by attempting to persuade her into sex, and demonstrated his ‘predatory tendencies.'”
Tyson has become a liberal figurehead in the pop culture space, known for his snappy Tweets mostly disparaging President Donald J. Trump’s agenda.
“Albert Einstein was a refugee to the USA,” Tyson said while migrants attempted to invade the United States’ southern border.
Albert Einstein was a refugee to the USA.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 26, 2018
He was chiding Republicans for their belief in the rule of law.
You know who else came to America as a refugee? Omar Ameen, an Iraqi man who was arrested in California for ISIS-related killings in April. This “logic” works both ways.
My guess is that Tyson will not have a witty Twitter quip relating to the very serious allegations levied against him.
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