Tesla CEO Elon Musk.


Elon Musk denies sexually harassing flight attendant


Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk has denied a news report that he sexually harassed a flight attendant while on a private jet in 2016.

In a Twitter post on Thursday (May 19), Musk said the Business Insider report was “utterly untrue”.

According to the report, Musk’s SpaceX paid a $250,000 settlement in 2018 to a flight attendant who accused Musk of exposing himself to her on a private jet.

The article quoted an anonymous person who said she was a friend of the flight attendant. The friend reportedly provided a statement as part of the private settlement process.

“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.

According to the report, Musk also allegedly rubbed the flight attendant’s thigh and offered to buy her a horse if she would “do more” during an in-flight massage, Business Insider quoted the friend of the flight attendant as saying.

SpaceX made an out-of-court settlement that also included a non-disclosure agreement that prevented the flight attendant from speaking about the incident, according to Business Insider.

Musk dismissed the claims and said he expected “dirty tricks campaign against me” while in the middle of a controversial Twitter buyout deal.

“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,” he said.

Musk has offered to buy the social media platform for $44 billion, suggesting he will change Twitter laws to allow more “free speech”.

“It currently has a strong left bias because it’s based in San Francisco … this fails to build trust into the rest of the United States and also perhaps in other parts of the world,” Musk said in a previous interview.

Last week, Musk claimed he wanted to pause the Twitter buyout deal while waiting for verification that spam accounts represented fewer than 5 percent of the company’s 229 million users. ICA/Expat Media

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