Elon Musk denies sexually harassing private jet attendant in 2016 | Elon Musk

Elon Musk has denied allegations in a news report that he sexually harassed a flight attendant on a private jet in 2016, calling the accusations “totally false”.

Business Insider reported earlier on Thursday that the billionaire’s SpaceX paid $250,000 (£200,000) in 2018 as part of a dismissal settlement following a sexual misconduct complaint against a flight attendant from a unnamed private jet that accused Musk of exposing himself to her.

The article quoted an anonymous person who said she was a friend of the flight attendant. The friend had provided a statement as part of the private settlement process, according to the article.

“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. She won’t be able to because it never happened,” Musk tweeted.

The Guardian was unable to verify the Business Insider account. SpaceX has been approached for comment.

In addition to allegedly exposing himself, Business Insider quoted the flight attendant’s friend as saying that Musk rubbed the flight attendant’s thigh and offered to buy her a horse if she “was doing more” during an in-flight massage.

The flight attendant came to believe that her refusal to accept Musk’s proposal hurt her chances of working at SpaceX and prompted her to hire a lawyer in 2018, according to Business Insider.

The rocket company reached the settlement out of court and included a nondisclosure agreement that kept the flight attendant from talking about it, Business Insider said. The news site did not name the friend or the flight attendant.

The attendant told her friend that she had been asked to come into Musk’s cabin on a flight to London to give a “full body massage”. Upon entering the cabin, she discovered that Musk was “completely naked except for a sheet covering the lower half of his body.”

The statement says that during the massage, Musk “exposed his genitals” and “touched her and offered to buy her a horse if she wanted to ‘do more’, referring to performing sexual acts.” . The attendant, a horseman, refused and continued the massage without any sexual activity.

According to the statement, following the incident, the attendant felt marginalized in her job. She felt “evicted and punished for refusing to prostitute herself,” the statement said.

The attendant hired an attorney in 2018 and sent the allegations to SpaceX’s human resources department. The complaint was resolved after a session with a mediator attended by Musk, according to Business Insider. In November of that year, Musk, SpaceX and the attendant reached a separation agreement that involved a payment of $250,000 in exchange for a commitment not to pursue the claims.

Musk, who is also Tesla chief executive and is in the midst of a controversial effort to buy Twitter, said Wednesday he would vote Republican instead of Democrat, predicting a “dirty stuff campaign against me” would follow.

In the Business Insider article, Musk was quoted as saying the flight attendant story was a “politically motivated blockbuster play” and that there was “a lot more to this story.”

He wrote: “If I was inclined to engage in sexual harassment, it is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that this has come to light.”

On Thursday night, Musk tweeted for the first time, “Attacks on me must be viewed politically – that’s their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and yours.” right to freedom of expression.

In the initial tweet, he didn’t specifically mention the allegations in the Business Insider article. “And, for the record, these savage accusations are totally untrue,” Musk added in another tweet.

He also tweeted that the article was intended to interfere with the acquisition of Twitter.

Musk had agreed to buy Twitter, the social media company with 229 million users, for $44 million, but said the deal was “on hold” until he received more details. the number of fake and spam accounts on the platform.

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