Billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter late on Thursday to denounce as “utterly untrue” 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 a one who mentioned she was a pal of the flight attendant. The pal had offered a press release as a part of the personal settlement course of, based on the article. Enterprise Insider didn’t identify the pal or the flight attendant.
“I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened,” Musk tweeted.
Reuters was not in a position to 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.
John Cook dinner, an editor at Enterprise Insider, mentioned on Twitter that the web site reached out to Musk for comment on the story at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Roughly 20 minutes later, Musk tweeted that “attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months.”
The Enterprise Insider story wasn’t printed till the subsequent day.
Based on the report, along with allegedly exposing himself, Musk rubbed the flight attendant’s thigh and supplied to purchase her a horse if she would “do more” throughout an in-flight therapeutic massage, Enterprise Insider quoted the pal 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.
Settled out of courtroom
The rocket firm made the settlement out of courtroom and included a nondisclosure settlement that prevented the flight attendant from talking about it, Enterprise Insider mentioned.
Musk, who can be chief govt of Tesla and is within the midst of a contentious effort to buy Twitter, mentioned on Wednesday that he would vote Republican as an alternative of Democrat, predicting a “dirty tricks campaign against 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 “a lot more to this story.”
On Thursday night, Musk first tweeted: “The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens — this is their standard (despicable) playbook — but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech.” Within the preliminary tweet, he didn’t particularly point out the allegations within the Enterprise Insider article.
“And, for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue,” Musk added in one other tweet.
He additionally tweeted that the Enterprise Insider article was meant to intrude with the Twitter acquisition.