Former colleagues accuse Neil deGrasse Tyson of sexual misconduct

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One accuser, a Bucknell University physics and astronomy professor named Katelyn Allers, accused deGrasse Tyson of groping her at a 2009 meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Watson claims she left Tyson's employ because of inappropriate behavior, including "misogynistic comments" and remarks about women's weight. He said the woman later told him that she was "creeped out" and viewed the invitation as an attempt to seduce her. Explaining that he gets "almost giddy" when he sees clothing, jewelry or tattoos that portray the universe, deGrasse Tyson wrote that the woman was wearing a sleeveless dress with a tattooed solar system extending up her arm, "and while I don't explicitly remember searching for Pluto at the top of her shoulder, it is surely something I would have done in that situation".

Saturday night, Tyson posted a lengthy response to the allegations on Facebook. 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.

Tyson said their only physical interaction was a handshake he said he learned from a Native elder that he considered special, he wrote.

She told McAfee that, given her experience, deGrasse Tyson doesn't seem like "someone who has great respect for female bodily autonomy".

Producers at Fox and National Geographic who are working on Cosmos reboot with Tyson told the website that the matter is being looked into. "But clearly I can not continue to stay silent".

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"I note that her final gesture to me was the offer of a hug, which I accepted as a parting friend", he said. That's when people tend to pass judgment on who is more credible than whom.

"I woke up in his bed; I was naked..." "I remember thinking, 'This is a lot of skin for me to be seeing on my boss, ' " Watson says.

Fox News and the National Geographic network are investigating scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson after multiple women have made allegations against him ranging from handsy behavior to rape. "Turned out to be the same person who I dated briefly in graduate school". He should have said the allegations are bogus not give a big comment with no answer.

Fox and National Geographic had previously ordered a second series of Cosmos - which originally aired as a miniseries on PBS back in 2014 - slated to begin again next year.

She says she confronted Tyson in a hallway at UT Austin, demanding to know why he'd done it.

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