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Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has denied sexual assault claims made by a former SpaceX flight attendant after a Business Insider report revealed a $250,000 settlement payment and signed non-disclosure agreement by the attendant.
According to the report, a young woman was hired by SpaceX as a flight attendant. She claims in 2016 an incident occurred in which the billionaire exposed his erect penis offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.
Musk denied the claims as a “politically motivated hit piece” saying there was “a lot more to this story.”
Flight Attendant Turned Masseuse
Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022
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
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
Insider obtained documents chronicling the incident and spoke to a friend of the attendant on the condition of anonymity, citing fears of retaliation.
The flight attendant claims she was encouraged to get licensed as a masseuse so that she could give Elon Musk massages while aboard company jets. The 2016 incident allegedly took place in a private cabin on Musk’s jet during a flight to London.
Musk asked for a “full body massage” and was completely naked except for a small towel covering his privates when he “touched her and offered to buy her a horse if she would ‘do more’,” documents said. Elon Musk allegedly “exposed his genitals” to the attendant who denied his proposition.
Elon Musk approved $250,000 Settlement
In 2018, the attendant hired a California employment lawyer after she felt her shifts were cut back as a retaliation for denying Musk’s propositions.
According to documents the complaint was resolved quickly after a mediation session that Musk personally attended. In 2018, Musk, SpaceX, and the attendant entered into a severance agreement paying the attendant $250,000 in exchange for signed NDA’s and a promise not to sue over the claims.
Elon Musk has denied the sexual assault claims saying “if I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light.”