Celebrated astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has released a lengthy statement after he became the latest celebrity named in a sexual misconduct scandal.
The TV personality is under investigation after multiple women came forward with accusations of inappropriate behaviour last week (ends November 30), and now in a Facebook post, he has picked apart each accusations in detail, giving his side of the story.
“I’ve recently been publicly accused of sexual misconduct,” he wrote in the post. “These accusations have received a fair amount of press in the past forty-eight hours, unaccompanied by my reactions. In many cases, it’s not the media’s fault. I declined comment on the grounds that serious accusations should not be adjudicated in the press. But clearly I cannot continue to stay silent.”
He kicked off his statement by addressing an alleged 2009 incident, which involved him allegedly “groping” a fan, and another in 2018, when he reportedly “creeped out” a personal assistant in 2018 when he told her, “If I hug you, I might just want more”.
Tyson, who fronts hit TV show “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” and has appeared on “The Big Bang Theory” and in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice“, has also been accused of drugging and raping a woman in the 1980s.
“I’m the accused, so why believe anything I say? Why believe me at all?” he writes. “Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage. 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.”
“For a variety of reasons, most justified, some unjustified, men accused of sexual impropriety in today’s ‘me-too’ climate are presumed to be guilty by the court of public opinion,” he adds. “Emotions bypass due-process, people choose sides, and the social media wars begin.”
“In any claim, evidence matters. Evidence always matters. But what happens when it’s just one person’s word against another’s, and the stories don’t agree? That’s when people tend to pass judgment on who is more credible than whom. And that’s when an impartial investigation can best serve the truth – and would have my full co-operation to do so.”
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