Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks on stage during the Onward18 Conference in New York City on Oct. 23, 2018.
Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Onward18
The Fox Broadcasting Company and the producers of the science-based series “Cosmos” are investigating host Neil deGrasse Tyson following claims of sexual misconduct by three women. The move follows a report on the claims by the religion website Patheos.
In a statement provided to Space.com “Cosmos” producers said: “The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads. 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, citing its own effort to look into the allegations: “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.”
The statements by Fox and Cosmos producers follow a report on Patheos in which two women claimed deGrasse Tyson acted inappropriately during personal interactions. In one, Katelyn Allers, an associate professor of astronomy and physics at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, claimed Tyson inappropriately touched her in 2009 while admiring a space tattoo on her upper left arm. Another woman, Ashley Watson, claimed that she quit a position as Tyson’s assistant due to inappropriate sexual advances. Those claims follow an earlier allegation by musician Tchiya Amet, who claimed Tyson raped her while both attended graduate school.
Tyson, an astrophysicist, hosted the 2014 series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” as a reboot of the original “Cosmos: A Personal Journey,” hosted by famed astronomer Carl Sagan. The updated series aired on Fox and the National Geographic Channel, with a new series — “Cosmos: Possible Worlds ” — scheduled to premiere in spring of 2019.
A request for comment sent to deGrasse Tyson’s representative via his website was not immediately returned.