The billionaire Elon musk took to Twitter on Thursday night to denounce allegations in a report that he sexually harassed a flight attendant on a private jet in 2016 as “totally false.”
Business Insider reported on Thursday that SpaceX from musk paid $250,000 in 2018 to resolve a sexual harassment claim by an unidentified private jet flight attendant he accused musk to expose yourself to it.
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 settlement process, according to the article.
“I have a challenge for this liar who claims her friend saw me ‘exposed’ – describe just one thing, anything (scars, tattoos…) that is not known to the public. She won’t be able to do it then because it never happened,” she tweeted. Musk.
Reuters was unable to verify the Business Insider report. musk and SpaceX did not respond to Reuters requests for comment on the Business Insider story or tweets from Musk.
In addition to supposedly exposing himself, musk rubbed his hand on the flight attendant’s thigh and offered to buy her a horse if she “did more” during an in-flight massage, Business Insider said.
The flight attendant came to believe that her refusal to accept the offer of musk had jeopardized her opportunities to work at SpaceX and prompted her to hire a lawyer in 2018, according to Business Insider.
The rocket company settled out of court and included a confidentiality agreement that barred the commissioner from talking about it, Business Insider said. The news site did not name the friend or flight attendant.
muskwho is also Tesla’s CEO and is in the midst of a contentious effort to buy Twitter, said on Wednesday that he would vote Republican over Democrat, predicting a “campaign of dirty tricks against me.”
In the Business Insider article, musk was quoted as saying that the flight attendant’s story was a “politically motivated piece of success” and that there was “a lot more to this story”.
On Thursday night, Musk spoke for the first time on history: “The attacks on me must be viewed through a political lens – this is the standard (despicable) manual – but nothing will stop me from fighting for a good future and your right to freedom of expression.”
In the first tweet, he didn’t specifically mention the allegations in the Business Insider article.
“And for the record, these wild accusations are totally false,” he added. musk in another tweet.
He also published that the article was intended to interfere with the takeover of Twitter.
Reuters was unable to immediately contact Business Insider for comment.
Source: CNN Brasil