Billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter late Thursday to condemn in a news report a “completely untrue” claim that he sexually harassed a flight attendant on a private jet in 2016.
Business Insider reported earlier Thursday that Musk’s SpaceX paid 2018 250,000 in 2018 to settle a sexual harassment claim from an anonymous private jet flight attendant who accused Musk of revealing himself to her.
The article quoted an anonymous person as saying he was a friend of the flight attendant. According to the article, the friend provided a statement as part of the personal settlement process.
“I have a challenge to this liar who claims that his friend saw me ‘exposed’ – just describe one thing, something (scar, tattoo, …) that is not known to the public. He cannot. To do this, Because it never happened, “Musk tweeted.
But I have a challenge for these liars who claim that their friends have seen me “exposed” – just describe one thing, anything (spots, tattoos,…) that is not known to the public. He can’t do that, because it never happened.
– Elon Musk (lonelonmusk) May 20, 2022
Reuters Business Insider could not verify the account. Musk and SpaceX did not respond to a Reuters request for comment on Business Insider’s story or Musk’s tweets.
In addition to allegedly revealing himself, the mask rubbed the flight attendant’s thighs and offered to buy him a horse if he did “something else” during an in-flight massage, Business Insider quoted the flight attendant’s friend as saying.
According to Business Insider, the flight attendant believed that his refusal to accept Musk’s offer harmed his chances of working at SpaceX and persuaded him to hire a lawyer in 2018.
According to Business Insider, the rocket company settled out of court and included an undisclosed agreement that prevented the flight attendant from talking about it. The news site did not name a friend or flight attendant.
Musk, who is the chief executive of Tesla Inc. and is in the midst of a controversial attempt to buy Twitter Inc., said Wednesday that he would vote for Republicans instead of Democrats, predicting that “dirty tactics against me” would follow.
In the Business Insider article, Musk was quoted as saying that the story of the flight attendant was a “politically motivated hit piece” and “much more in this story”.
On Thursday evening, Musk first tweeted: “Attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their ideal (hate) playbook – but nothing will stop me from fighting for a better future and your right to freedom of speech.” In an initial tweet, he did not specifically mention the allegations in the Business Insider article.
“And, for the record, these wild allegations are completely untrue,” Musk added in another tweet.
He further tweeted that the article was intended to interfere with Twitter’s acquisition.
Reuters could not immediately be reached for comment.
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