Elon Musk denies sexual harassment claim against SpaceX flight attendant

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Elon Musk denies sexual harassment claim against SpaceX flight attendant

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk denied a sexual assault claim from a former flight attendant, whom the company paid $250,000 as part of a severance agreement in 2018.

Musk said in a Thursday tweet following the story that the story should be viewed through a political lens. The attendant worked in the cabin crew for SpaceX's corporate jet fleet on a contract basis. 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 Business Insider.

The incident, which took place in 2016, was detailed in a declaration signed by the attendant's friend. The friend provided Business Insider with emails and other records that corroborate the claims. The attendant told her friend that SpaceX encouraged her to get licensed as a masseuse, so she could give Musk massages. She said Musk propositioned her during a massage.

Musk denied the sexual claims in a brief statement to Business Insider, insisting that there is a lot more to this story. If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my 30 year career that it comes to light, he wrote. The SpaceX CEO asked more time to respond, and Business Insider gave him more time, but he didn't respond by press time. Christopher Cardaci, the company's vice president of legal, said he wasn't going to comment on any settlement agreements. Musk appeared to address the story on Twitter, saying that attacks against him should be seen as political.

The attacks against me should be looked through a political lens, but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech, the Space, the Space and your right to free speech, this is their standard despicable playbook.

After the incident, the attendant found her work with SpaceX beginning to dry up, and in 2018 she contacted a California employment attorney and sent a complaint to the company's human resources department.

After a meeting with a mediator and Musk, SpaceX resolved the complaint. The matter never reached a court of law.

In November 2018, Musk, SpaceX and the attendant entered into a severance agreement that granted the attendant $250,000 in exchange for a promise not to sue over the claims. The agreement also included non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses that barring the attendant from disclosing any information about Musk and his businesses.

After he announced that he would reverse President Trump's ban on the platform, Musk, who is in the process of acquiring Twitter for $44 billion, has faced renewed criticism from the left. He said the platform has a strong left-wing bias.

The CEO of SpaceX said he would vote Republican in the coming midterm elections and attacked President Biden, saying that the real president is who controls the teleprompter.