SpaceX allegedly paid a flight attendant $250,000 to guarantee she didn’t speak out or sue the company following Elon Musk’s sexual misconduct with her, according to Business Insider. Musk had allegedly exposed himself and propositioned her for sex.
According to one of the flight attendant’s friends, the accused victim was a crew member on a SpaceX business trip. According to the attendant, Musk requested a full body massage in his room on one of the flights—allegedly, this was not unusual, and SpaceX had encouraged the attendant to obtain a masseuse license. Musk allegedly removed the sheet covering the bottom half of his body during the massage, displaying his erect penis. He allegedly promised to buy the attendant a horse while massaging her leg if she would “do more.”
The allegations were reported to Insider by one of the flight attendant’s friends, who was requested to sign a declaration supporting the claims by the attendant’s attorney in 2018. According to the flight attendant’s friend, the victim refused to perform any sexual acts on Musk and was “really upset” after the journey. Following the event, the attendant’s friend said that SpaceX reduced the number of shifts she was assigned, which the attendant perceived as punishment.
According to Insider, the attendant filed a complaint with SpaceX’s human resources department in 2018, claiming that her career with the firm had suffered as a result of her rejection. According to reports, the firm brought the complaint to a mediator rather than a court or arbitrator and signed the attendant to a $250,000 severance agreement prohibiting her from speaking negatively about Elon Musk’s sexual misconduct or his companies, including SpaceX and Tesla. This included discussing the payment in general.
Business Insider claims that its source did not check with the flight attendant before publishing the story, and that the purported victim declined to respond. The attendant’s acquaintance didn’t sign a non-disclosure agreement.
When questioned, Musk allegedly stated that there was “a lot more” to the narrative and that it was a “politically motivated hit piece.” The tone is reminiscent of Musk’s Wednesday tweet, in which he warned his fans that “political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in the coming months.” He also warned of a “dirty tricks campaign” against him.
Elon’s tweets, according to an Insider editor, were made immediately after the publication reached out for comment, giving the impression that he was attempting to get ahead of the story by conditioning people not to believe the next thing he was accused of. According to the outlet, he asked for extra time to comment further but did not react again after Insider extended the deadline.
“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 told Insider.