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Neil deGrasse Tyson misconduct allegations investigated by Fox, Cosmos producers

Claims of sexual misconduct against Amercian astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson are being investigated after two women accused him of inappropriate behaviour.

Fox and the producers of the television series Cosmos have opened an investigation into multiple sexual misconduct claims against the show’s host.

The move follows a report on the website Patheos in which two women accused deGrasse Tyson of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

media_cameraNeil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and author most known for hosting the television series Cosmos. Picture: Supplied

“The credo at the heart of ‘Cosmos’ is to follow the evidence wherever it leads,” the producers said in a joint statement.

“The producers of ‘Cosmos’ can do no less in this situation.

We are committed to a thorough investigation of this matter and to act accordingly as soon as it is concluded.”

Fox Broadcasting also issued a statement, saying: “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.”

media_cameraThe investigation comes after a Patheos article highlighted two allegations. Picture: Supplied

In the Patheos article, Dr Katelyn N. Allers of Bucknell University claimed deGrasse Tyson groped her at an event in 2009.

Another woman, Ashley Watson, claimed in the article that she quit her former job as his assistant in response to repeated inappropriate sexual advances he made toward her.

Both allegations came to light about a year after musician Tchiya Amet claimed that deGrasse Tyson raped her when they were both graduate students.

He is yet to comment on the allegations.

deGrasse Tyson hosted 2014’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a science anthology in the vein of author Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. A sequel, with deGrasse Tyson again set to host, is set to premiere next year on Fox and sister cable channel National Geographic.

Originally published as Neil deGrasse Tyson facing misconduct claims

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