A pioneering British scientist renowned for his work on reversing the effects of aging has been suspended by his California company over sexual harassment allegations.
Aubrey de Grey, one of the world’s leading gerontologists, was put on administrative leave by SENS Research Foundation in Silicon Valley pending the outcome of an investigation into the women’s claims.
London-born Mr de Grey, who serves as the chief science officer at SENS, has been accused by several women of predatory behaviour.
So, maybe, lots of sex with young women isn’t actually the solution to anti-ageing.
Bit of a pity perhaps. Or maybe that’s what he thought it was and it does work? Which would also be a pity sa it would increase the power that young women hold over older men. Not a good idea from this starting point.
The actual story though is a little different:
Celine Halioua, 26, the founder and CEO of Loyal, a biotech startup developing drugs to help dogs live longer, posted online about encounters she had had with Mr de Grey.
Ms Halioua, who had been an intern at SENS Research Foundation at the time in 2016, alleged that company executives exploited her youth and attractiveness to solicit funds from donors.
Ms Halioua described a dinner in which Mr de Grey, 58, allegedly told her that she had a responsibility to have sex with the SENS donors in attendance so they would give money to the organisation.
“I left that dinner sobbing,” she wrote. “It has taken me years to shake the deep-seated belief that I only got to where I am due to older men wanting to have sex with me.”
That might be overrating yourself there a tad.
As to the actual allegation, if de Grey was asking, let alone insisting upon, such “work” then he’s a foul beast. And yet there’s a certain naivety there if a young woman doesn’t know that youth, looks and fertility are indeed, in our species, saleable assets. Which will indeed influence life chances. One only has to look at the ages, physique and facial features of women in any form of entertainment role to grasp that.
Of course, if de Grey really wanted those services he should have hired people specifically for those services. As BiS keeps pointing out there’s a significant supply of those willing to do such work.