SpaceX CEO Elon Musk participates in a postlaunch information convention contained in the Press Site auditorium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020, following the launch of the company’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk mentioned in a tweet late Thursday that “wild accusations” in opposition to him should not true.
He didn’t clarify what these accusations had been. But his response got here after a Business Insider report on Thursday mentioned the aerospace firm had paid $250,000 in severance to a flight attendant who accused the billionaire of sexual misconduct.
The report, which cited interviews and paperwork obtained by Insider, mentioned the lady claimed that in a therapeutic massage she was giving Musk he uncovered his erect penis, touched her thigh with out her consent and provided to purchase her a horse if she carried out intercourse acts.
Musk, with out referring on to the report, tweeted that “for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue.”
“The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook,” he tweeted.
Insider reported that the alleged incident occurred in Musk’s room aboard a SpaceX jet on a flight to London in late 2016, after the world’s richest particular person requested her to present him a “full body massage.”
Musk advised Insider there was “a lot more to this story” as he requested the publication for extra time to reply to the article’s claims, based on the outlet.
“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,” Musk reportedly wrote Insider. He additionally mentioned its article was a “politically motivated hit piece, the outlet reported.
Insider reported that it moved the publication deadline after Musk requested more time to respond, but that he never made further comment on the allegations.
SpaceX legal affairs vice president Christopher Cardaci was quoted by Insider as saying, “I’m not going to touch upon any settlement agreements.”
CNBC has reached out to SpaceX for comment.
The Insider report comes as the Tesla chief Musk is engaged in an effort to purchase social media giant Twitter.
The allegations reported Thursday are detailed in a declaration signed by a friend of the flight attendant.
That declaration was made to support a complaint that the woman’s lawyer had made to SpaceX’s human resources department in 2018 after she felt that her work opportunities at the company dwindled after she declined to engage in sexual contact with Musk, according to Insider.
Neither the friend, who spoke with Insider, nor the woman, who declined to be interviewed by the publication, was identified by name in the article. The flight attendant signed a non-disclosure agreement as part of her settlement with SpaceX, according to the report.
Insider reported that the friend said the flight attendant told her the story about Musk shortly after it happened.
And the outlet reported that the friend said she decided to reveal the woman’s allegation without first asking the flight attendant because she felt obliged as a survivor of sexual assault to disclose the claim against Musk.
Insider reported that the flight attendant’s complaint to SpaceX’s HR department was “resolved shortly after a session with a mediator that Musk personally attended.”
The information outlet mentioned Musk, SpaceX and the flight attendant in November 2018 entered into an settlement to have the lady paid $250,000 in a number of in alternate for promising to not file a lawsuit linked to her claims.
Read the total Insider report right here.
— CNBC’s Weizhen Tan and Michael Sheetz contributed to this report.