SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk, reportedly paid $250,000 to a flight attendant in 2018 to silence her. According to a Business Insider report, the employee reported that the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX took off his pants and made advances on her during a massage on a private flight to London in 2016.
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According to documents obtained by Business Insider, the flight attendant accused Elon Musk of asking her “to do more”. In exchange for an erotic massage, he would have promised to buy her a horse. According to a statement from a friend, Elon Musk “basically tried to bribe her for some kind of sexual favor.” The stewardess denied his advances but believes she was “punished” by SpaceX with less work than before.
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In 2018, the company offered him $250,000 to settle the complaint “after a session with a broker that Musk personally attended.” Elon Musk, contacted by Business Insider, believes there was “much more to this story” : “If I was inclined to engage in sexual harassment, it is unlikely that this will be the first time in my entire 30-year career that this has come to light”he argues with the news site.
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“Low blow from the left”
Shortly before the publication of Business Insider’s investigation on Thursday, May 19, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he was now voting Republican and that he expected low blows from the left:
“I used to vote Democrat because they were (mostly) the party of kindness. But they have become the party of division and hate, I can no longer support them and I will vote Republican. Now you are going to see them pull a dirty trick -campaign against me…”
Elon Musk was actually already aware of the upcoming article. His statement about his fear of “low blow” from left was published at 3 p.m. Washington time, after being contacted by Business Insider and notified of the publication of the article. “around 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 18”says John Cook, investigative editor at Business Insider.
The CEO of SpaceX then categorically denied the allegations and challenged the victim to describe an element of his body unknown to the public that he could have seen. He was also amused by the publication of this affair in the media, shortly after his position in favor of the Republican Party.
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“The attacks on me must be seen through a political lens – that’s their (abhorrent) method – but nothing will stop me from fighting for a better future and your right to free speech” he tweeted afterwards, continuing his counter-fire attempt.