Cosmos host Neil DeGrasse Tyson is under investigation by Fox, National Geographic and the producers of his scientific docuseries following new allegations of sexual misconduct, Highlight Hollywood has confirmed.
Two women came forward with claims of inappropriate sexual advances in a story in Patheos on Thursday. In 2014 a first accuser, a former classmate of DeGrasse Tyson’s at the University of Texas in Austin, accused him of rape in a blog post.
“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,” Fox and National Geographic said in a statement.
The producers of Cosmos added in their own statement, “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.”
The series aired in 2014 on PBS as a miniseries; Fox and National Geographic have ordered a second series, which is slated to premiere in 2019.