A fourth woman has come forward to accuse scientist and TV host Neil deGrasse Tyson of sexual assault.
Two more allegations against the renowned scientist came to light last week after an original allegation Tyson drugged and raped former classmate, Tchiya Amet in 1984.
But on Wednesday a fourth sexual assault claim was published by Buzzfeed News from a woman, who says Tyson propositioned her at a party in the American Museum of Natural History, New York in 2010.
According to the article, the unidentified woman said Tyson, who is director of the museum, ‘drunkenly approached her’ while ‘making sexual jokes and propositioning her to join him alone in his office’.
The accuser, who was at the party with her boyfriend, showed Buzzfeed an email from 2014 in which she described the incident to her own employer in order to shoot down a proposed collaboration with Tyson.
Earlier this week Tyson hit back at the first three accusations against him.
Tyson, a married father-of-two, and the host of ‘Cosmos’ on Fox in 2014 and a new edition of the series set to air on National Geographic next year, is to be investigated by FOX and National Geographic Networks after the allegations from two of the women were published by Patheos.com on Thursday.
On Saturday night Tyson took to Facebook and Twitter to give his side of the story saying in a statement that although he had ‘declined comment on the grounds that serious accusations should not be adjudicated in the press, clearly I cannot continue to stay silent. So below I offer my account of each accusation.’
Tyson goes on to address the allegations from 2009 and 2018. He also references a blog post by a third woman, Tchiya Amet, from her 2014 blog post alleging that Tyson drugged and raped her in 1984.
Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, a physics professor at Bucknell University, alleged to Patheos that Tyson ‘felt her up’ at an after-party following an American Astronomical Society conference in Long Beach, California in 2009.
Allers said Tyson began to take keen interest in her tattoo, which depicts the solar system and extends from Allers’ arm to her back and collar bone.
Allers and Tyson had photos taken together after which Allers alleged Tyson ‘grabbed her’ proceeding to ‘look for Pluto’ and followed the tattoo ‘into my dress.’
In his statement, Tyson tackles the allegations. ‘Many in my fan-base can attest, I get almost giddy if I notice you’re wearing cosmic bling – clothing or jewelry or tattoos that portray the universe, either scientifically or artistically,’ he writes.
He goes on to say he doesn’t ‘explicitly remember searching for Pluto …’ but that ‘it is surely something I would have done in that situation. As we all know, I have professional history with the demotion of Pluto, which had occurred officially just three years earlier.’
However, he denies groping Allers or searching ‘up her dress,’ adding it was ‘simply a search under the covered part of her shoulder of the sleeveless dress.’
Allers said that Tyson’s behavior was not severe enough to warrant a complaint about sexual assault but stated it was ‘creepy behavior.’
Tyson said he didn’t know Allers found his behavior creepy and that it wasn’t his intent and that he is ‘deeply sorry’ he made her feel that way.
He goes on to say he will be more ‘sensitive to people’s personal space, even in the midst of my planetary enthusiasm.’
A second woman, Ashley Watson, told Patheos that she quit her job as Tyson’s assistant after her boss made inappropriate sexual advances toward her in the summer of 2018.
Watson said Tyson invited her to his apartment one night after work to ‘share a bottle of wine’ and ‘unwind for a couple of hours.’ Watson said she felt pressure to impress her boss so went along.
In his statement, Tyson remembers the evening differently.
He mentions spending ‘upwards of a hundred hours in one-on-one conversation’ with Watson covering numerous topics and developing a friendship when she was working as his assistant.
Tyson references Watson hugging people on set but said he ‘expressly rejected each hug offered frequently during the Production. But in its place I offered a handshake, and on a few occasions, clumsily declared, ‘If I hug you I might just want more.’ My intent was to express restrained but genuine affection.’
Tyson says he invited Watson to have wine and cheese one evening but there was ‘no pressure’ for her to come along. ‘She freely chose to come by for wine & cheese and I was delighted,’ he said.
Watson says Tyson made suggestive comments during her visit that contained sexual innuendos.
He allegedly began talking about human beings needing certain ‘releases.’
Watson said at one point Tyson engaged in a ‘Native American handshake’ in which both of them held hands tightly, made eye contact, and felt for each other’s pulse. Tyson told Watson that the handshake was a ‘spirit connection.’
Tyson acknowledges he did offer ‘a special handshake,’ but that he hadn’t touched Watson up until that point.
‘You extend your thumb forward during the handshake to feel the other person’s vital spirit energy — the pulse. I’ve never forgotten that handshake, and I save it in appreciation of people with whom I’ve developed new friendships,’ Tyson wrote.
Tyson mentions in his statement that Watson told him afterwards that she felt ‘creeped out’ by the visit.
‘She viewed the invite as an attempt to seduce her, even though she sat across the wine & cheese table from me, and all conversation had been in the same vein as all other conversations we ever had,’ Tyson said.
‘At that last meeting in my office, I apologized profusely. She accepted the apology. And I assured her that had I known she was uncomfortable, I would have apologized on the spot, ended the evening … She nonetheless declared it her last day, with only a few days left of production.’ Tyson added.
The final allegations Tyson addresses in his statement are those from Tchiya Amet, a a musician, teacher and former classmate of Tyson’s who studied galactic astronomy in the graduate program at the University of Texas in Austin.
Amet wrote a blog post in 2014 in which she accused Tyson of drugging her and rape, which she alleged took place in 1984.
‘He offered me a glass of water,’ she wrote in 2014. ‘I accepted a liquid in a cup made out of a coconut shell. ‘I recall coming back to consciousness briefly, then next thing I remember is seeing him in the hallway the next day. ‘I have lived in this nightmare for 30 years, and it stops today,’ Amet said.
Tyson acknowledges in his statement that he had a brief relationship with Amet.
‘I remember being intimate only a few times, all at her apartment, but the chemistry wasn’t there. So the relationship faded quickly. There was nothing otherwise odd or unusual about this friendship.’
He said Amet had dropped out of the graduate program and he’d later ran into her while she was pregnant and he ‘wished her well in motherhood and in whatever career path would follow.’
Tyson mentions how he read Amet’s blog post in 2014 that coincided with his ‘visibility-level’ taking ‘another jump.’
‘I read a freshly posted blog accusing me of drugging and raping a woman I did not recognize by either photo or name. Turned out to be the same person who I dated briefly in graduate school. She had changed her name and lived an entire life, married with children, before this accusation,’ Tyson said.
Tyson goes on in his statement to say what Amet says is ‘as though a false memory had been implanted, which, because it never actually happened, had to be remembered as an evening she doesn’t remember. Nor does she remember waking up the next morning and going to the office. I kept a record of everything she posted, in case her stories morphed over time. So this is sad, which, for me, defies explanation,’ Tyson added.
The Facebook statements ends with an ‘overview’ in which Tyson states he welcomes an independent investigation by Fox and National Geographic Networks.
Besides his numerous TV appearances, Tyson is also the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Nicki Minaj replies fans criticizing her for dating a sex offender
On Monday, news broke that Nicki Minaj is dating a guy named Kenneth Petty, who’s a registered sex offender with at least two convictions to his name.
As expected, her fan base, and the social media at large is concerned.
Nicki’s finally speaking out about the situation, and let’s just say she seems. The rapper responded to a commenter coming to her defense on Instagram, hitting back at everyone else in the process.
“He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship,” she replied. “But go awf, Internet. Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”
Nicki is presumably responding to TMZ reports that Kenneth is a registered sex offender, who was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995, when both he and his victim were 16.
He went to prison for almost four years, and then several years later, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, which landed him behind bars for seven years.
Nollywood has exposed me to both the good, the bad and ugly – AY
Days after actor, Kevin Ikeduba shared a video describing Nollywood as a place filled with fake people, top comedian and filmmaker, AY has said Nollywood is filled with the good bad and ugly.
According to AY, its even worse than Kevin described. In his words, ‘its a backstabbing community where some pretend to love you in the open and condenm all your determination and efforts to succeed when you are not there’.
“As a growing actor and a movie producer, NOLLYWOOD has exposed me to both the good, the bad and ugly. Barely few years in the industry, I have experienced all sorts from the stables of the high and mighty self entitled ‘stakeholders’, to the very insecured individuals whose only claim to fame is an old testament fact of “We started this industry”.
The post by Kevin Ikeduba, has given me the courage to further introduce you to our Nollywood. So welcome to an industry where rivalry and fakeness is fast becoming a legacy designed for posterity. Welcome to a backstabbing community, where some pretend to love you in the open and condemn all your determination and efforts to succeed when you are not there.
Welcome to an industry where enmity reigns supreme… Eg “If you are using her in the movie, then I can’t be on it”, or “i can’t be in your film and not play the lead role”. Welcome to an industry where some actors have more visible roles on Instagram and Red Carpets. Welcome to an industry where some would maintain a position that would make you keep to yourself rather than ask for a selfie.
Welcome to an industry where some cannot use their platforms to help another colleague to promote his or her work (including the ones they are contracted for). Welcome to an industry where most families mainly depend on public support, when one of our own falls sick. Welcome to an industry where some engage themselves daily on WhatsApp groups chatting about how others have no business making movies (even when they break their own records back to back).
Moving the industry forward goes beyond seeking for the downfall of others, or basking in the euphoria of an old glory that has been taken over by trend and time. Above all, I still see Nollywood as a special place; a place filled with creative geniuses. Working together and supporting ourselves can only make greater arts happen to the diverse audiences we all set out to entertain.
But at the end of each plastic characters that comes with movie productions, let’s find a way to share our real side. It’ll either scare away every fake person in our life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called “perfection”. He wrote about the industry.
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The famous hitmaker and his beloved always throw joint birthday parties this time of year. He turned 43 on November 26 , but Nicole just turned 43 on Friday, prompting a huge shindig thrown Saturday night at the Perez Art Museum in Miami for a 60-person dinner with friends and family.
They were delivered with insane watches while at dinner. Khaled rocked a Roger Dubuis Excalibur automatic skeleton pave, which runs around $106k, while Nicole got a Roger Dubuis Velvet Caviar watch worth about $53k.
The dual birthday bash later moved over to LIV nightclub, where Ciroc was flowing for Khaled’s celebrity friends such as, Swizz Beatz, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy and Fabolous.
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