Another woman has come forward and accused Neil deGrasse Tyson of sexual misconduct.
The renowned astrophysicist is already being investigated by National Geographic — the company behind Tyson’s award-winning show, “Cosmos” — after getting hit with multiple allegations of harassment last month.
Three women have accused him of inappropriate behavior, and a fourth was revealed Wednesday in a BuzzFeed News piece. Tyson has denied any wrongdoing.
“We take his word at face value,” the new accuser said. “I think he’s exploiting that relationship to get people to believe him.”
The fourth woman claims Tyson drunkenly approached her during a holiday party at the American Museum of Natural History, where he works, in January 2010 and began making crude comments and jokes toward her before eventually suggesting that they both go into his office alone. The woman had been invited to the party by her then-boyfriend, who was also an employee. Emails obtained by BuzzFeed show that she later mentioned the alleged interaction in a 2014 email to her employers — in an attempt to “shoot down a proposed collaboration with Tyson,” the site reports.
The woman told two friends about what allegedly happened, who later confirmed the accusations during interviews with BuzzFeed.
Museum spokesperson Anne Canty told the site she was unaware of the fourth allegation, as was the rest of the staff. She said museum officials would probe it “to the extent we are able to ascertain the facts.” National Geographic did not provide a comment.
Two of the Tyson accusers — Katelyn N. Allers, of Bucknell University, and the astrophysicist’s former assistant, Ashley Watson — came forward last month and spoke about their encounters with him during interviews with Patheos. Allers described how she was allegedly groped by Tyson in 2009 at the American Astronomical Society conference in Long Beach, California. Watson claimed she was tormented by constant sexual advances.
The third alleged victim, musician Tchiya Amet, accused Tyson of rape about a year age — claiming it went down in the early ’80s when they were both grad students at the University of Texas at Austin. She told BuzzFeed that the assault happened at his apartment and that she had been drugged.
“I came out of it for a moment and shook my head, and then I went out again,” Amet said. “The next thing I knew, I was at class the next day.”
Tyson issued a lengthy statement on Facebook after Allers and Watson came forward, denying the allegations against him.
“Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage,” he said. “Sometimes irreversibly. I see myself as loving husband and as a public servant — a scientist and educator who serves at the will of the public. I am grateful for the support I’ve received from those who continue to respect and value me and my work.”
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