Elon Musk has denied an allegation that he sexually harassed a flight attendant in 2016, characterizing it as a part of a smear marketing campaign towards him.
The declare surfaced yesterday (Could 19) in a story by Enterprise Insider, which primarily based its report on the account of a pal of the alleged sufferer. In accordance with a declaration signed by the pal, throughout a 2016 SpaceX corporate-jet flight, Elon Musk requested the attendant to come back into his cabin and provides him a full-body therapeutic massage.
„When she arrived, the attendant discovered that Musk ‚was fully bare aside from a sheet protecting the decrease half of his physique,'“ Enterprise Insider wrote. „Throughout the therapeutic massage, the declaration says, Musk ‚uncovered his genitals‘ after which ‚touched her and supplied to purchase her a horse if she would „do extra,“ referring to the efficiency of intercourse acts.'“
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In accordance with the Enterprise Insider report, the flight attendant filed a criticism, which was resolved in November 2018 when SpaceX paid her a $250,000 severance bundle „in trade for a promise to not sue over the claims.“
Musk has denied the allegations in a sequence of tweets over the previous two days, calling them „wild accusations“ which might be „completely unfaithful“ and difficult the flight attendant’s pal to explain any function of his anatomy, similar to scars or tattoos, „that is not identified by the general public.“
The SpaceX and Tesla chief additionally described the Enterprise Insider story as a „hit piece“ designed „to intervene with the Twitter acquisition“ and claimed that it „was written earlier than they even talked to me.“ (Musk submitted a $44 billion bid to purchase Twitter, which the corporate’s board lately permitted. However it’s unclear at this level if the sale will truly undergo.)
„The assaults towards me needs to be considered via a political lens — that is their normal (despicable) playbook — however nothing will deter me from preventing for a superb future and your proper to free speech,“ Musk added in one other tweet on Thursday evening.
The „they“ on this tweet is an obvious reference to Democrats or the left in a extra normal sense. On Wednesday (Could 18), for instance, Musk tweeted the next: „Previously I voted Democrat, as a result of they have been (principally) the kindness occasion. However they’ve turn out to be the occasion of division & hate, so I can now not assist them and can vote Republican. Now, watch their soiled tips marketing campaign towards me unfold…“
Enterprise Insider says that it reached out to Musk earlier than publishing the report. When requested to touch upon the allegation, in keeping with Enterprise Insider, Musk requested extra time and mentioned that there is „much more to this story.“
„If I have been inclined to interact in sexual harassment, that is unlikely to be the primary time in my total 30-year profession that it involves gentle,“ Musk wrote through e mail, in keeping with Enterprise Insider. The billionaire entrepreneur additionally known as the story a „politically motivated hit piece.“
In accordance with John Prepare dinner, investigations editor at Insider, the publication reached out to Musk at round 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on Wednesday — about three hours earlier than Musk posted his „soiled tips“ tweet.
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