I reject your accusations, Ms. Ashley. I read Mr. deGrasse Tyson’s apologia and I found it convincing. The accusations are vague and cast into doubt by what little evidence we do have, such as the photograph of Mr. Tyson with the tattooed lady.

When women offer flimsy accusations such as this, they degrade the importance of the substantial accusations. It becomes all too easy for doubters to use the flimsy accusations to undermine the substantial ones.

For example, the confrontation between Ms. Blasey Ford and Mr. Kavanaugh was an outrageous example of how our culture all too readily dismisses accusations of sexual misconduct. Watching the two in the hearings, it was obvious to anybody with any emotional intelligence that Ms. Blasey Ford was truthful and Mr. Kavanaugh was lying. Yet the Senate confirmed him nonetheless. This was an outrage that will hurt genuinely abused women for decades to come — and these accusations against Mr. deGrasse Tyson will only add to their injuries.

Your claim that Mr. deGrasse Tyson cast aspersions on the MeToo movement is absurd. He referenced it as an indicator of the cultural situation, nothing more.

Your final paragraph, and much of the tenor of your post, assumes that Mr. deGrasse Tyson is guilty. You pay lip service to the possibility that he might be innocent, but your tone betrays that you have already made up your mind.

At this stage, I would very much like to see the accusers make their accusations in face-to-face conversations with Mr. deGrasse Tyson, and and hear his response. It’s his word against theirs, so let’s see them face to face.

In any case, in the absence of a properly detailed accusation, the only ethical response is to consider Mr. deGrasse Tyson to be innocent.

Master of Science, Physics, 1975. Computer Game Designer. Interactive Storytelling. www.erasmatazz.com

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