elon Musk: Elon Musk denies sexually assaulting the flight attendant on a private jet

Oakland: Billionaire Elon Musk taken at Twitter last Thursday to denounce claims in a news bulletin that he sexually assaulted a flight attendant on a private jet in 2016 as “absolutely false”.

Business Insider reported earlier Thursday that Musk’s
SpaceX paid $ 250,000 in 2018 to settle a sexual harassment complaint by an anonymous private jet flight attendant who accused Musk of exposing himself to her.

The article quoted an anonymous person who claimed to be a friend of the flight attendant. The friend had provided a statement as part of the private transaction process, according to the article.

“I have a challenge to this liar who claims that her friend saw me” exposed “- describe just one thing, anything (scars, tattoos, …) that is not known to the public. , because it never happened, ”Musk tweeted.

Reuters was unable to verify the Business Insider account. Moss e SpaceX did not respond to Reuters requests for comment on the Business Insider story or Musk’s tweets.

In addition to allegedly exposing himself, Musk rubbed the flight attendant’s thigh and offered to buy her a horse if she “did more” during an in-flight massage, Business Insider said. flight.

Discover the stories of your interest

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

The missile company made the out-of-court settlement and included a nondisclosure agreement that prevented the flight attendant from talking about it, Business Insider said. The news site hasn’t named the friend or flight attendant.

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Inc and is in the midst of a controversial effort to buy Twitter Inc, said Wednesday it would vote Republican rather than Democrat, predicting a “dirty tricks campaign against me” would follow.

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

On Thursday night, Musk tweeted for the first time: “Attacks on me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing is going to stop me from fighting for a good future and your right to life. freedom of word”. In the initial tweet, he didn’t specifically mention the allegations in the Business Insider article.

“And, for the record, those wild allegations are absolutely false,” Musk added in another tweet.

He also tweeted that the article was intended to interfere with the Twitter takeover. Reuters was unable to immediately contact Business Insider for comment.

Stay on top technology Other startup news what matters. subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest and greatest tech news, delivered straight to your inbox.