SpaceX reportedly paid one of its flight attendants $250,000 to keep her from suing Elon Musk after he molested her, according to Business Insider.
A Business Insider article claims that a flight attendant hired by SpaceX received $250,000 from the company in 2018 in exchange for her silence after being sexually harassed by billionaire aerospace company boss Elon Musk.
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The sexual harassment allegedly took place in 2016 aboard a SpaceX business jet bound for London. Elon Musk would take off his pants during a massage given by a flight attendant on board. Then the CEO of SpaceX allegedly exposed his penis, rubbed his foot against an employee and proposed to her.”do more“offering it”buy a horsein exchange for an erotic massage, according to Business Insider. The hostess would then have refused and continued the massage without having sexual intercourse.
A friend of the alleged victim testifies
Business Insider states that it established these facts based on documents, including email correspondence, and the testimony of a friend of the flight attendant, who was last informed of the events. The declared victim did not wish to speak directly to Business Insider. The media indicate that his identity is still known, as well as the identity of his friend, who preferred to testify anonymously.
According to Business Insider, the alleged victim filed a complaint with the company’s human resources department in 2018. The complaint was resolved after a session with an intermediary, which was personally attended by Elon Musk, the site continues. In November 2018, SpaceX and the flight attendant agreed: in exchange for $250,000, she agreed not to sue. She also reportedly signed what Business Insider described as “restrictive non-disclosure and undervaluation clauses“by forbidding him to disclose information about Elon Musk, his business, or report the presence of a payment of $ 250,000.
Elon Musk reacted on Twitter
On Twitter, Elon Musk denied allegations of sexual harassment. “These wild accusations are completely untrue.“, – he tweeted this Friday. Wanting to prove that he never undressed in front of a flight attendant, he invited a friend of his accuser who testified against him, “describe one thing [sur son corps]everything (scars, tattoos…) that is not known to the general public“. “She can’t do it because it never happenedthe billionaire said. The SpaceX and Tesla boss further called the Business Insider article “politically motivated article“.
Earlier in an interview with Business Insider, Elon Musk said:if I have been sexually harassed, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire thirty-year career that this will become known“, – he addressed the media. This is the first time Elon Musk has faced allegations of sexual harassment. SpaceX told the American media that they did not want to comment on the agreement signed with the flight attendant.
The American multibillionaire also accused Business Insider media of wanting to thwart his takeover of the social network Twitter, which was launched in April and suspended in May. “It was clear that their only goal was to get a good price to stop the acquisition of Twitter.” Elon Musk tweeted.
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