Billionaire Elon Musk is inviting one controversy after the other. From his alleged involvement with Amber Heard to his recent flip towards the Republicans, Elon hasn’t failed to entertain the world. Now, he denies “sexual misconduct” allegations by a SpaceX Flight attendant.
On the contrary, reports suggest that SpaceX paid $250,000 to settle a sexual misconduct claim against Elon Musk after a flight attendant on the company’s corporate jet accused the CEO of exposing himself to her mid-flight. Read on to learn more about the incident.
Elon Terms it “Wild Accusations”
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
Elon Musk tweeted late Thursday that the “wild accusations” against him are not true. Even though he did not explain the accusations, it points in the direction of the incident that took place in 2016.
Elon Musk has denied the sexual misconduct accusation against him, which was claimed by SpaceX Flight attended after the Business Insider Report confirmed that SpaceX paid 250,000 in severance to a flight attendant to settle the dispute in 2018.
The report, which cited interviews and documents obtained by Insider, said the woman claimed that during a massage she was giving Musk he exposed his erect penis, touched her thigh without her consent and offered to buy her a horse if she performed sex acts.
And, for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
Musk, without referring directly to the report, tweeted that “for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue.” In a Tweet yesterday, the Tesla founder wrote, “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.”
A Declaration Narrates the Story…
The alleged incident took place in 2016, which includes a declaration signed by a friend of the flight attendant. it supports her claim of sexual misconduct by the billionaire. Per the declaration, the attendance confided to the friend that after taking the flight attendant job.
It states that she was encouraged to get licensed as a masseuse so that she could give Musk massages. It was during one such massage in a private cabin on Musk’s Gulfstream G650ER, she told the friend, that Musk propositioned her.
She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, according to interviews and documents obtained by Insider. Musk, on the other, hand emailed “Insider” by saying that “there is a lot more to the story.”
Insider reported that the flight attendant’s complaint to SpaceX’s HR department was “resolved quickly after a session with a mediator that Musk personally attended.” The report suggests that SpaceX and the flight attendant in November 2018 agreed to have the woman paid $250,000 in several in exchange for promising not to file a lawsuit connected to her claims.
Musk’s Responds to “Insider”
Insider reported that it moved the publication deadline after Musk requested more time to respond. He never made further comments on the allegations, and once again, left people in doubt with his tweets.
Musk told Insider there was “a lot more to this story” as he asked the publication for more time to respond to the article’s claims, according to the outlet. He said, “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. He also said its article was a “politically motivated hit piece, the outlet reported.
In light of the said incident, SpaceX legal affairs vice president Christopher Cardaci was quoted by Insider as saying, “I’m not going to comment on any settlement agreements.” The allegations reported Thursday are detailed in a declaration signed by a friend of the flight attendant.
As per the aforementioned report, the flight attendant signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement as part of her settlement with SpaceX. Neither the friend nor the woman who claimed to be a victim was identified in the Business Insider report.
Elon Musk’s failure to address the allegations in whole speaks verses about his guilt. We don’t know if these allegations are true or not, but his recent actions have raised the brows of many.
Elon recently flipped towards the Republicans stating that he will be voting for the party after referring to the Democrats as a “party of division and hate”, and this has worried many people across the globe. A major reason is his desire to close a final deal with Twitter for its acquisition. Musk’s rampant denouncements of the left featured buzzwords like “lib hivemind” and “woke mind virus” commonly associated with right-wing attacks.
Poor Elon sounds more and more like Trump. How’s the horse doing?
— Exploding Space Pillow Singh, MD 🌊 (@labyrinthweaver) May 20, 2022
Will you support this woman's right to free speech by releasing her from this NDA? pic.twitter.com/kjX0UNoVqr
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) May 20, 2022
He also claims that Twitter has an extreme left-wing bias, which has been used to silence the conservatives. Not just this, Elon has previously funded Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), GOP. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) among others. This comes despite his claim that he never voted for the Republicans.
As Musk marches to take over Twitter while declaring himself as a Republican, the platform’s leadership is in question. It’s funny how Elon connects everything to his claims of providing free speech to Twitter users following his acquisition of the platform. So will there be something like “free speech” on Twitter?
In light of these ongoing incidents, Elon doesn’t seem to be the right guy for a site like Twitter. A man who portrays himself as a “guardian of free speech” appears to be darker in reality. We do not know what’s beneath the surface, but what do you think about this recent scandal?