Serious allegations against Elon Musk: The billionaire is said to have sexually harassed a flight attendant in 2016. His company SpaceX is said to have paid the woman $250,000 to settle a lawsuit. However, Musk rejects all allegations and suspects a politically motivated intrigue.
Tesla boss Elon Musk has denied allegations of sexual harassment as "completely untrue". The news portal "Business Insider" reported that the billionaire sexually harassed a flight attendant on a private jet in 2016. Musk's space company SpaceX paid $250,000 in 2018 to settle a lawsuit brought by the unnamed woman, who accused him, among other things, of exposing himself to her and rubbing her thigh.
The Tesla founder wrote on Twitter: "And for the record: These wild allegations are absolutely untrue." The report quoted a friend of the flight attendant, who was also anonymous, who had made a statement as part of the out-of-court settlement. Reuters could not verify Business Insider's report.
The girlfriend is said to have provided the medium with emails and other documents. According to the report, the flight attendant was assigned to SpaceX's private jet fleet. She was encouraged to train as a masseuse. During a massage on a flight to London in 2016, Musk stripped naked, touched the flight attendant and offered to buy her a horse if she "would do more," the report said, citing a statement from the friend.
Musk tweeted that he challenged the "liar" to describe even a detail like scars or tattoos that is not known to the public. "She won't be able to because that never happened," he wrote. Musk also claimed the girlfriend is a "far left activist/actress in Los Angeles."
On Wednesday, the Tesla boss tweeted that he would no longer vote for the Democrats, but for the Republicans. The report is intended to thwart his plans for the targeted $ 44 billion takeover of the short message provider Twitter. "But nothing will stop me from fighting for a good future and your right to freedom of expression," Musk tweeted.
He also countered concerns from investors that the acquisition would distract him. "Tesla is on my mind 24/7." He uses five percent of his time for the planned acquisition. "It's not rocket science." Shares in electric car maker Tesla have lost a third of their value after Musk sold shares to fund the Twitter acquisition in April.