Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Being Investigated by Fox, NatGeo Networks After Being Accused of Groping a Female Astrophysicist in 2009 and Making Inappropriate Sexual Advances Toward a Female Assistant – Four Years After a Former Classmate Alleges He Drugged and Raped Her Like Cosby

Neil deGrasse Tyson has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances by two women – one of whom says the popular astrophysicist and TV host was ‘looking for Pluto’ in her dress.

Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, a physics professor at Bucknell University, alleges that Tyson ‘felt her up’ at an after-party following an American Astronomical Society conference in Long Beach, California in 2009.

The after-party was a social function in which astronomers mingled and socialized, according to Patheos.

‘Tyson was there, and he was dancing and drinking and all of that at the party, so a friend and I decided to get pictures with him,’ Allers said.

Allers and Tyson were snapped in two photographs together.

The first photo seems innocent with both Tyson and Allers looking into the camera and smiling.

After that photo was taken, Allers said Tyson began to take keen interest in her tattoo, which depicts the solar system.

The tattoo extends from Allers’ arm to her back and collar bone region.

Allers said: ‘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.’

Allers said Tyson’s behavior was not severe enough to warrant a complaint about sexual assault.

Still, she said she was shocked to see him capable of ‘creepy behavior.’

‘My experience with him is he’s not someone who has great respect for female bodily autonomy,’ she said.

Four years after the encounter, Allers told a colleague at Bucknell, Dr. Michele Thornley, about what took place.

‘Katelyn described the earlier incident to me in the fall of 2013, after she was invited to attend a dinner with Dr. Tyson when he was to be on campus in spring 2014 as a speaker in Bucknell’s “Tech/no” series,’ Thornley told Patheos.

Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, a physics professor at Bucknell University, alleges that Tyson ‘felt her up’ at an after-party following an American Astronomical Society conference in Long Beach, California in 2009

Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, a physics professor at Bucknell University, alleges that Tyson ‘felt her up’ at an after-party following an American Astronomical Society conference in Long Beach, California in 2009

The alleged groping happened right after the photo on the right was taken. It shows Tyson taking an interest in Allers' tattoos, which depict the solar system. Allers alleges that Tyson was 'looking for Pluto' inside her dress

The alleged groping happened right after the photo on the right was taken. It shows Tyson taking an interest in Allers’ tattoos, which depict the solar system. Allers alleges that Tyson was ‘looking for Pluto’ inside her dress

Allers said Tyson’s behavior was not severe enough to warrant a complaint about sexual assault. Still, she said she was shocked to see him capable of ‘creepy behavior’

Allers said Tyson’s behavior was not severe enough to warrant a complaint about sexual assault. Still, she said she was shocked to see him capable of ‘creepy behavior’

‘My experience with him is he’s not someone who has great respect for female bodily autonomy,’ she said

‘My experience with him is he’s not someone who has great respect for female bodily autonomy,’ she said

Allers told Thornley that she did not want to attend the dinner.

Thornley says Allers indicated that she also had no desire to go public with the allegations.

Thornley says she also tried to make sure that female students did not meet with Tyson unless there were a group of people around.

Another woman, Ashley Watson, told Patheos that she quit her job as Tyson’s assistant after her boss made inappropriate sexual advances toward her.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Ariel Zilber