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Fox, National Geographic Investigate Neil DeGrasse Tyson Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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.

In 2014 a first accuser, a former classmate of deGrasse Tyson’s at the University of Texas in Austin, accused him of rape in a blog post.

“We have only just become aware of the recent allegations regarding Neil deGrasse Tyson. We take these matters very seriously and we are reviewing the recent reports,” Fox and National Geographic said in a statement.

In the Patheos story published Thursday, Katelyn Allers, a Bucknell University physics and astronomy professor, accuses deGrasse Tyson of groping her at a 2009 meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Another accuser, a former assistant to deGrasse Tyson named Ashley Watson, said that the astrophysicist attempted to persuade her into having sexual intercourse with him, made inappropriate comments and kept a list of what he deemed “Overweight actresses” on his phone.

DeGrasse Tyson’s first accuser, Tchiya Amet, claimed in a 2014 blog post and subsequent Patheos interview that while she was studying at the University of Texas in Austin in the galactic astronomy program with deGrasse Tyson, he drugged and raped her.


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