A former student of the acclaimed physicist and author, Stephen Hawking, is accusing the famed scientist of sexual assault in 1994. The accuser, Gabrielle J. Kelley, who was 22 at the time of the alleged incident, claims that Hawking took advantage of her when she was a student in one of his physics lectures.
“Although it’s very old, the memory still haunts me,” said Kelley. “I felt so powerless for so long because Hawking is so intimidating and held in such high stature in the academic community. I felt that no one would believe me.”
Kelley says that the recent revelations about film mogul Harvey Weinstein led her to reconsider coming forward with her allegation about Hawking, after years of suppressing the memory.
“I just feel so relieved to finally get this weight off my chest,” the 45-year-old mother of two said, adding, “I want to show women that it’s okay to stand up for ourselves when we’re taken advantage of by powerful men.”
Hawking, as Kelley tells it, invited her to a one-on-one, after-hours study session at the professor’s home. The two drank a bit and she remembers feeling very dizzy, like she was going to pass out. The next thing Gabrielle remembers, is “feeling a wheelchair rub up against my genitals. It was like mechanical violation.’
“I’ll never forget the way he looked at me after,” the alleged assault, she added. “He didn’t even move his eyes. It was terrible.”
Kelley says she was most scared by the apparent ease at which Hawking molested her.
“When I asked him what happened, his voice sounded so monotone, as if he didn’t care,” she added. “It was wrong what happened, and I want the world to know now.
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