NEW YORK – Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has denied allegations of sexual misconduct by a contracted flight attendant at SpaceX who worked on his private jet in 2016.
A report by Business Insider states that SpaceX paid the woman 2018 250,000 for divorce in 2018 in exchange for refusing to sue her over her claim.
The Business Insider report was based on an account of a friend of the flight attendant who said that the flight attendant told him about the incident immediately after the incident. The report further states that the flight attendant must sign a non-disclosure agreement that prohibits him from discussing payments or masks and anything else about SpaceX.
SpaceX did not respond to an email seeking comment Friday. Musk founded a privately owned space company in 2002 and served as its chief executive officer.
Musk, who is in the process of buying Twitter, used the social media platform to respond to the allegations.
“And, for the record, these wild allegations are completely untrue,” he wrote in response to a user who tweeted in his support.
He replied to another: “In my 30-year career, including the entire MeToo era, there is nothing to report, but, as soon as I say I want to restore freedom of speech on Twitter and vote for Republicans, all of a sudden there.”
He also highlighted the allegation, citing a tweet of his own from 2021, where he said that if there was ever a scandal about him, it should be called “Elongate”.
“Finally, we can use elongate as the name of the scandal. It’s kind of perfect, “he tweeted on Friday.
According to reports, the flight attendant, who was trained as a massage therapist to massage, said that he exposed himself during a massage, rubbed his legs and offered to buy her a horse in exchange for a sex massage.
Hours before the Business Insider report was published, Musk tweeted that he had previously voted for Democrats but would now vote for Republicans, and suggested that the Left launch a “dirty strategy” against him.
Musk, who was in Brazil on Friday to meet with President Zaire Bolsonaro, offered to buy Twitter for 44 billion, but said the deal could not go ahead until the company provided information on how many accounts on the platform were spam or bots.
Women have faced allegations of sexual harassment of male staff before SpaceX. A former SpaceX engineer who started out as an intern wrote an online essay last year describing his repeated sexual advances and other harassment experiences. She said the agency was “so obsessed with sexism that the only remedy is for women to leave.”
After the allegations surfaced in December, Gwen Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, sent an email to staff emphasizing the importance of “timely reporting” allegations of harassment and discrimination, and said the company would strictly investigate them, according to the New York Times and other news outlets. From time to time.