Elon Musk denies sexual harassment allegations

“I challenge this liar who claims her friend saw me ‘exposed’ – just describe one thing, anything (scars, tattoos, …) that is not publicly known. She doesn’t won’t be able to do it, because it’s never happened,” the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX said. tweeted early Friday morning.
The tweet comes after Business Insider reported that SpaceX paid a $250,000 settlement in 2018 after a SpaceX flight attendant alleged sexual misconduct against the billionaire.
Nicholas Carlson, editor of Insider, Business Insider’s parent publication, responded to Musk’s denial on Twitter.
“We stand by our story, which is based on documents and interviews and speaks for itself,” a statement tweeted. bed.

Citing documents and interviews he conducted, Business Insider reported that “the attendant worked as cabin crew on a contract basis for SpaceX’s fleet of business jets. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis, rubbing his leg without his consent, and offering to buy him a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.”

In his request to Insider for more time to respond to the allegations, Musk said there was “a lot more to this story.”

“If I was prone to engaging in sexual harassment, it’s unlikely this will be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it’s been revealed,” he told Business Insider. The outlet also said Musk called the story “a politically motivated hit piece.”

In separate tweets, Musk later denied ever responding to Business Insider as they reported the story and attempted to link the article to his Thursday announcement that he will “vote Republican” and his attempt to acquire Twitter – a deal he recently put “on hold.”

“Did you actually respond to BI reporters? an user tweeted at Musk.
“No,” Musk responded“it was clear that their only objective was a hit price (sic) to interfere with the acquisition of Twitter. History was written before they even spoke to me.”
“They started brewing attacks of all kinds as soon as the Twitter acquisition was announced,” Musk added in a separate statement. Tweeter. “In my 30-year career, including the entire MeToo era, there’s nothing to report, but as soon as I say I intend to restore free speech on Twitter and vote Republican, suddenly there are.
The publication contacted Musk about the story in question before he tweeted about the Republican vote, according to John Cook, the editor of Insider’s investigations.
“For those interested, we reached out to directors for comment on this story at approximately 9 a.m. EST yesterday (Wednesday, May 18),” Cook said on Twitter.
Musk’s tweet declaring his voting intentions was posted on 2:44 p.m. ET Wednesdayalthough he also made comments to that effect in a virtual interview posted on YouTube on May 16.

The Business Insider article says he “extended the deadline and reiterated an offer for Musk to comment on the claims. He did not respond.”

SpaceX did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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