Billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter late on Thursday to denounce as “totally unfaithful” claims in a information report that he had sexually harassed a flight attendant on a non-public jet in 2016.
Enterprise Insider reported earlier on Thursday that Musk’s SpaceX paid $250,000 in 2018 to settle a sexual harassment declare from an unnamed personal jet flight attendant who accused Musk of exposing himself to her.
The article quoted an nameless one who mentioned she was a good friend of the flight attendant. The good friend had offered an announcement as a part of the personal settlement course of, based on the article.
“I’ve a problem to this liar who claims their good friend noticed me ‘uncovered’ – describe only one factor, something in any respect (scars, tattoos, …) that is not recognized by the general public. She will not give you the option to take action, as a result of it by no means occurred,” Musk tweeted.
However I’ve a problem to this liar who claims their good friend noticed me “uncovered” – describe only one factor, something in any respect (scars, tattoos, …) that is not recognized by the general public. She will not give you the option to take action, as a result of it by no means occurred.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) Might 20, 2022
Reuters was not capable of confirm the Enterprise Insider account. Musk and SpaceX didn’t reply to Reuters requests for touch upon the Enterprise Insider story or on Musk’s tweets.
Along with allegedly exposing himself, Musk rubbed the flight attendant’s thigh and provided to purchase her a horse if she would “do extra” throughout an in-flight therapeutic massage, Enterprise Insider quoted the good friend of the flight attendant as saying.
The flight attendant got here to imagine that her refusal to simply accept Musk’s proposal had damage her alternatives to work at SpaceX and prompted her to rent a lawyer in 2018, based on Enterprise Insider.
The rocket firm made the settlement out of courtroom and included a nondisclosure settlement which prevented the flight attendant from talking about it, Enterprise Insider mentioned. The information website didn’t identify the good friend or the flight attendant.
Musk, who can be chief govt of Tesla Inc and is within the midst of a contentious effort to purchase Twitter Inc, mentioned on Wednesday that he would vote Republican as a substitute of Democrat, predicting a “soiled methods marketing campaign in opposition to me” would comply with.
Within the Enterprise Insider article, Musk was quoted as saying the flight attendant’s story was a “politically motivated hit piece” and that there was “much more to this story.”
On Thursday night, Musk first tweeted: “The assaults in opposition to me ought to be considered by a political lens – that is their normal (despicable) playbook – however nothing will deter me from preventing for a great future and your proper to free speech.” Within the preliminary tweet, he didn’t particularly point out the allegations within the Enterprise Insider article.
“And, for the file, these wild accusations are totally unfaithful,” Musk added in one other tweet.
He additionally tweeted that the article was meant to intervene with the Twitter acquisition.
Reuters couldn’t instantly attain Enterprise Insider for remark.
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