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Neil deGrasse Tyson responds to claim for sexual harassment: NPR

Neil deGrasse Tyson is visiting SiriusXM Studios on November 8, 2018 in New York City. Santiago Felipe / Getty Images…

Neil deGrasse Tyson is visiting SiriusXM Studios on November 8, 2018 in New York City.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson visits SiriusXM Studios on November 8, 2018 in New York City.

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Astrophysician Neil deGrasse Tyson has responded to the recent allegations of sexual misconduct by posting a long statement online, denying inaccuracy and saying that he welcomes an impartial investigation of the manufacturers of his show Cosmos.

“In something that happens, evidence is important. Evidence always plays a role. But what happens when it’s just someone’s word against others, and stories do not agree? That’s when people tend to judge who’s more credible than who, “wrote Tyson, head of Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

Three separate women have come up with stories about Tyson experiences that disturbed them, according to the site Patheos.

The last episode was earlier this year. Ashley Watson worked briefly as assistant and driver of Tyson, while the show Cosmos filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She says on May 16, as the show was about to break up production, Tyson invited her to join his apartment for wine the night after work.

Watson tells NPR she went because she thought he would talk about She continued to work as her assistant when the show went on to film in Europe.

Instead, she says that he put on music by Nina Simone, opened wine and started to take cheese from the fridge. She recalls that he had taken off his shoes and wore a tank. “I remember remembering,” This is a lot of skin for me to look at my boss, “says Watson.” The atmosphere was just so weird. “She says Tyson talked about the stress of his job and how he needed a” release. “

Later, when she left, she said that Tyson said he would show her an Indian handshake that involved the feeling of each other pulsating and staring into each other’s eyes to make a spiritual connection. Watson says she did in about ten seconds, but was extremely uncomfortable and said she thought for herself: “You’re going to be very smart, why can not you get that I do not want to touch you right now? “She also says that he put both hands on his shoulders and told her he would hug her badly, but if he did, he would only want more. Watson says she was shaken by the interaction but felt she needed references and recommendations so she planned to work only the last days of the Cosmos movie.

Next night in the car, she says that Tyson told her she was too “disturbing” to work as a producer. She was so angry that the next day she stopped and told one of the show’s producers why. He asked her if she wanted to leave a formal complaint. “I just did not want to make a living,” Watson said. Instead, they agreed that she would explain her sudden departure by saying she had a family event.

In his statement, Tyson said that he invited her to her place as a “headstone” for her friendship and said he did not h Some idea that she was uncomfortable. He remembers offering the Indian handshake because it is something he saves for new friends. He said that Watson often hugged people on the set and that he declined these hugs and “at some times, clumsyly explained,” If I hug you maybe I just want more. “My intention was to express limited but true love.”

Tyson also said in his statement that he would not make a co-investigator unpleasant when examining her solar system tattoo and looking for Pluto. “I only learned (nine years after) that she thought this behavior was scary,” he wrote. “It was never my intention and I am very sorry to make her feel so.”

The most serious accusation against Tyson is from someone who said he pulled and shook his back in the 1980s when they both were in elementary school. In his statement, Tyson said that they dated briefly but that the alleged rape never occurred.

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