Elon Musk calls sexual misconduct allegations ‘political hit piece’
Business Insider claims the Tesla CEO is accused of paying off a flight attendant to settle a sexual misconduct claim
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk claims that recent sexual misconduct claims against him are a “political hit piece,” which he insists should be viewed through a political lens. The billionaire allegedly had his company pay a former flight attendant $250,000 as part of a severance agreement in 2018 after offering to buy her a horse in exchange for sexual acts.
According to an article published by Business Insider, the flight attendant worked in the cabin crew for SpaceX‘s corporate jet fleet. During a flight in 2016, Musk allegedly asked her for a full body massage and then exposed himself to her, touched her leg and offered to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.
The Insider states that the story is based on a signed declaration by a friend of the attendant, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity, citing fears for her safety, and also based on documents, email correspondence and other records pertaining to the incident.
Insider also claims to know the identity of the flight attendant in question but has chosen not to disclose it because “she claims to be the victim of sexual misconduct,” adding that she has personally declined to comment on the story.
The flight attendant’s friend claims that after having refused Musk’s advance, she felt that she was being pushed out of the company, and in 2018 decided to hire a lawyer and file a complaint to SpaceX’s human resources department. The complaint was reportedly “resolved quickly” after the company, Musk and the attendant entered into a severance agreement granting the woman $250,000 in exchange for a pledge to not file a lawsuit over the claims and the signing of a non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreement, which barred her from disclosing any information about Musk and his businesses.
Musk denied the claims in a statement to the outlet, insisting that there was “a lot more to this story” and slammed it as a “politically motivated hit piece.” He noted that if he were actually “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.”
The billionaire also took to Twitter to respond to these allegations, urging that attacks against him “should be viewed through a political lens” and that they have become his critics’ “standard(despicable) playbook”.
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
Replying to a group of Tesla owners on Twitter, Musk also stated that he had not responded to reporters from Business Insider, writing that “it was clear that their only goal was a hit piece to interfere with the Twitter acquisition. The story was written before they even talked to me.”
Continuing the thread, Musk added that “for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue” and issued a challenge to “this liar who claims their friend saw me “exposed””, asking her to describe any feature, like a scar or tattoo, that the public doesn’t know about, insisting that she “won’t be able to do so, because it never happened.”
The allegations come after Musk recently announced that he would be voting Republican in the upcoming midterm elections, stating that the Democratic Party, which he previously supported and considered “the kindness party,” had become “the party of division and hate.” Musk concluded that tweet by suggesting he would now become the target of “their dirty tricks campaign.”
Judging by the relentless hatestream from the far left, this tweet was spot on
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 19, 2022
Indeed, Musk has been facing a wave of backlash on Twitter over the allegations and his endorsement of the Republicans; however the billionaire has still found a way to turn it into a meme, asking his supporters to refer to the scandal as “Elongate.”
Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect. 🤣 https://t.co/qSNH7lsn72
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022