Billionaire businessman Elon Musk has denied claims he sexually harassed a flight attendant on a personal jet in 2016, calling them “wild accusations”.
It comes as Business Insider reported on Thursday Mr Musk‘s SpaceX paid $250,000 (£200,000) in 2018 to settle a sexual harassment declare from an unnamed personal jet attendant who accused the Tesla founding father of exposing himself to her.
The article quoted an nameless pal of the flight attendant. The pal stated she had supplied an announcement as a part of a personal settlement course of.
“I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ – describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened,” Mr Musk tweeted.
He added that the claims have been “utterly untrue”.
Sky News has not been capable of confirm the claims made within the authentic article. Mr Musk and SpaceX haven’t responded to a request for remark.
According to Business Insider, Mr Musk allegedy rubbed the flight attendant’s thigh and provided to purchase her a horse if she would “do more” throughout the in-flight therapeutic massage.
The flight attendant believed her refusal to simply accept the proposition damage her alternatives to work at SpaceX and after her work dried up, she employed an employment lawyer, her pal stated.
The rocket firm made the settlement out of court docket and included a non-disclosure settlement which prevented the flight attendant from talking about it, Business Insider stated.
In the Business Insider article, Musk was quoted as saying the flight attendant’s story was a “politically motivated hit piece” and that there was “a lot more to this story”.
Business Insider didn’t seem to talk to the lady immediately however stated it was “aware of the flight victim’s identity”.
On Thursday night, Musk first tweeted: “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.”
He additionally tweeted that the article was meant to intervene together with his Twitter acquisition.