SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has denied a sexual assault claim by a former flight attendant, whom the company allegedly paid $250,000 as part of a severance deal in 2018.
Musk, in a tweet Thursday after the story, claimed the story should be “seen through a political lens.”
The attendant worked under contract in the cabin crew of SpaceX’s business jet fleet. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without her consent and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, according to Business Insider.
A statement signed by the attendant’s friend detailed the incident, which allegedly took place in 2016. Email correspondence and other documents, which the friend provided to Business Insider, allegedly corroborated the claims. The attendant allegedly told her friend that SpaceX had encouraged her to get a masseuse license, so she could give Musk massages. She said Musk proposed to her during one of those massages.
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Musk denied the sex allegations in a brief statement to Business Insider, insisting there’s “a lot more to this story.”
“If I was prone to engaging in sexual harassment, it is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that this has come to light,” he wrote, calling the story a “coup to politically motivated success”.
The SpaceX CEO asked for more time to respond, and although Business Insider gave him more time, he didn’t respond before press time. Christopher Cardaci, the company’s vice president of legal affairs, told the outlet, “I will not comment on the settlement agreements.”
SpaceX did not immediately respond to an after-hours request for comment from FOX Business.
Musk appeared to address the story on Twitter, saying the attacks on him should be viewed as political.
“Attacks on me must be seen through a political lens – that’s their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech,” he said. declared Space
In a follow-up tweet thread, Musk wrote, “for the record, these savage accusations are totally untrue.”
“But I challenge this liar who claims his friend saw me ‘exposed’ – only describe one thing, anything (scars, tattoos, …) that is not known to the public “, added the CEO. “She won’t be able to do it, because it never happened.”
The flight attendant told her friend that Musk asked her to come to his private room during a flight in 2016 for a “full body massage,” according to the statement. The attendant reportedly found Musk “completely naked except for a sheet covering the lower half of his body.” He allegedly exposed himself to her during the massage, touched her and urged her to “do more” in exchange for a horse. She refused.
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The attendant found that her work with SpaceX was beginning to dry up after the incident, and in 2018 she contacted a California labor attorney and sent a complaint to the company’s human resources department detailing the episode.
SpaceX resolved the complaint after a session involving a mediator and Musk himself. The case never reached a court.
In November 2018, Musk, SpaceX and the attendant entered into a separation agreement awarding the attendant $250,000 in exchange for a promise not to pursue the claims. The agreement also included non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses prohibiting the attendant from disclosing any information about Musk and his businesses.
Musk, who is in the process of acquiring Twitter for $44 billion, faced further criticism from the left after announcing he would reverse former President Trump’s ban on the platform. He also said the platform had a “strong” leftist bias.
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The SpaceX CEO said he would vote Republican in the upcoming midterm elections and attacked President Biden, saying, “The real president is the one who controls the teleprompter.”