Tech billionaire Elon Musk has denied sexual harassment allegations against him. “And, for the record, these wild allegations are absolutely untrue,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Friday night after previously complaining about being the victim of a politically motivated campaign.
The website Business Insider previously reported that a flight attendant accused Musk of sexual harassment, and his space company SpaceX paid her $250,000 in a non-disclosure agreement in 2018.
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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. The person concerned did not want to comment on request.
Neither Musk nor SpaceX responded to requests for comment. The girlfriend of those affected made emails and other documents available to “Business Insider”.
Business Insider investigative reporter John Cook wrote on Twitter that the site reached out to key contributors to the report for comment around 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday.
Musk’s tweet, calling the Democrats a “party of division and hatred,” was released about six hours later.
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 wrote on Twitter that he challenged the “liar” to describe even a detail, such as 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.”
In another previous post, Musk wrote that the attacks against him were politically motivated. On Wednesday, the Tesla boss tweeted that he would no longer vote for the Democrats, but for the Republicans.
He also wrote that a “dirty tricks campaign” against him could now be expected. Even after the report was published, he tweeted that the attacks against him should be viewed from a political perspective.
The report is intended to thwart his plans for the targeted $44 billion takeover of Twitter. “But nothing will stop me from fighting for a bright future and your right to free speech,” Musk tweeted.
The multiple billionaire also countered concerns from investors that the acquisition would distract him. “I have Tesla on my mind 24/7.” He uses five percent of his time for the planned acquisition. “It’s not rocket science.”