Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson is now the subject of an investigation after two more women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations. Fox and Nat Geo producers are actively looking into these allegations along with last year's accusations of sexual assault. Last year, musician Tchiya Amet accused Tyson of raping her when they were both grad students in 1984. Amet says Tyson slipped her a drug used to incapacitate victims and that the traumatizing incident caused her to drop out of school.
Earlier this week, Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University revealed that she was "felt up" by Neil deGrasse Tyson at an American Astronomical Society after party in 2009. Dr. Allers says that she and a colleague went to take pictures with the Cosmos host when he noticed a tattoo of the solar system on her arm, which stretches across her back. She shared a picture of the encounter, which does show Tyson taking interest in her tattoo. She had explains.
"After we had taken the picture, he noticed my tattoo and kind of grabbed me to look at it, and was really obsessed about whether I had Pluto on this tattoo or not... and then he looked for Pluto, and followed the tattoo into my dress."
Dr. Katelyn N. Allers says that the incident took place in public and wouldn't label it as assault. Instead, she maintains that it proves that Neil deGrasse Tyson is capable of some "creepy behavior." Dr. Allers admits that she did not go public with the incident, but she did tell a number of colleagues over the years, which has been backed up. Dr. Allers chose not to attend an event that Tyson was going to be at in 2013, and after the organizers found out the reason why, they went out of their way to make sure that female students were not left alone with him.
Ashley Watson was a former assistant to Neil deGrasse Tyson and she also made sexual misconduct claims against him. Watson says that Tyson constantly made unwanted sexual advances towards her while she worked closely with him. She worked with Tyson for several months, but later had to quit after he made several "misogynistic comments," and showcased "predatory tendencies." Watson alleges that Tyson, who is married, put her in tense and uncomfortable situations over the course of time that she worked for him.
Unlike Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, Ashely Watson went ahead and reported Neil deGrasse Tyson's actions. Watson told a supervisor about Tyson to ensure that he wouldn't hire more female assistants for the astrophysicist. Tyson has yet to respond to these new allegations, but Fox and Nat Geo are taking them very seriously. Cosmos producers said, "The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads," and then state that they are conducting a thorough investigation. This news was first reported by Deadline.