SpaceX CEO Elon Musk late Thursday addressed a report that his aerospace firm paid a flight attendant $250,000 to settle allegations that the billionaire uncovered himself to her throughout a flight, saying in a tweet that the allegations had been “utterly untrue.”
Responding to a query posed on Twitter, Musk, the world’s richest man, stated, “for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue.” He went on to ask his accuser to “describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public,” to show they’d seen him “exposed.”
The tweet marked the primary time Musk addressed a report earlier Thursday by the Insider that the corporate had paid the unnamed flight attendant to settle a declare the billionaire uncovered himself to her. During a flight to London in 2016, Musk allegedly “exposed his genitals” to the attendant after asking her for a “full body” therapeutic massage after which “touched her and offered to buy her a horse if she would ‘do more,'” in keeping with a declaration a good friend of the attendant submitted in help of the attendant’s declare. (The flight attendant reportedly rides horses.)
The flight attendant rejected Musk’s advances and shortly felt like the corporate was retaliating towards her by giving her fewer shifts, the attendant’s good friend instructed Insider. The attendant felt “she was being pushed out and punished for refusing to prostitute herself,” the good friend’s declaration stated.
The 2018 settlement, which was reached after a mediation session that Musk attended, paid the attendant $250,000 in alternate for a promise to not sue over the claims, Insider reported. The settlement reportedly included restrictive non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses that prohibit the flight attendant from discussing the settlement, disclosing any details about Musk or any of his companies.
SpaceX and Tesla did not instantly reply to requests for remark.
Musk instructed Insider that its story was a “politically motivated hit piece” and that there “is a lot more to this story.”
“If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light,” Musk wrote in an e mail to Insider.
In December, a former SpaceX engineer stated sexual harassment is rampant on the aerospace firm, describing in an essay for Lioness how she made a number of complaints in regards to the office with out outcomes. Ashley Kosak, former mission integration engineer at SpaceX, recounted being touched with out consent, stared at, requested out and messaged on her private Instagram account, including that SpaceX is “so rife with sexism, the only remedy is for women to leave.”
The allegations come to gentle as Musk is pursuing a $44 billion deal to purchase Twitter in an effort to loosen the platform’s content material moderation, a change that may have outsized affect on politics and society.
CNET’s David Lumb contributed to this report.