Investigation with No Published Results: Tchiya Amet, on her Experience of Neil deGrasse Tyson

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino


Tchiya Amet is a survivor in the true sense of the word. For the past 35 years, she has survived. She has done her best to live, to grow, to participate in the world, to love, and to make art and music. It has not been easy. In 1984, while she was a student at UT Austin, she said she was drugged and raped by Neil deGrasse Tyson, derailing her intentions of becoming an astronaut. National Geographic and Fox have conducted an investigation, but will not release the results. In an extended interview tonight, she tells the Planet Waves FM audience what she told the television networks’ professional investigators.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

Tonight’s program is mostly devoted to an interview, with a woman named Tchiya Amet. Back in 1984, she was friends with Neil deGrasse Tyson in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin.

I begin with an astrology introduction, which looks at the Sun’s passage through the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and through the Pluto-Eris square, peaking between Wednesday and Sunday (in full force and effect now). Then I move on to the interview, which is played without interruption or editing.

Tchiya Amet, our guest on tonight’s Planet Waves FM.

Last year, published reports emerged wherein Amet and three other women accused Tyson of sexual transgression. Amet says he drugged and raped her, which she first stated publicly in 2010 at an event in San Francisco.

Fox, National Geographic and other organizations who air Tyson’s work commenced investigations. Now the Fox and Nat Geo investigations are done, though the networks won’t release the results — yet Cosmos (the revival of the program begun by Carl Sagan) is set to resume broadcast imminently. We might ask: why conduct an investigation when the results won’t be made public?

Tonight’s interview covers what Tchiya says she told investigators.

In our interview, Tchiya references a Buzzfeed investigative piece two years in the making that was killed and then revived when other credible accusers came forward. The Atlantic has also done some detailed reporting.

A commentary on Science20 is encouraging Tyson fans to demand the full report on the investigation, and there is a petition in support of releasing the full results.

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