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Allegation: SpaceX paid flight attendant US$250k to settle Musk harassment claim

According to a Business Insider article published Thursday evening, billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk reportedly paid off a former colleague via his aerospace business SpaceX after sexually proposing to her on board his private flight in 2016. The piece, authored by Rich McHugh, includes papers acquired from a friend of the flight attendant, who was reportedly paid $250,000 by SpaceX in 2018 to settle a sexual misconduct accusation filed by the employee against Musk.

Musk is accused of “exposing his erect penis to her, massaging her leg without permission, and promising to purchase her a horse in return for an erotic massage,” according to the papers. A statement signed by the attendant’s acquaintance, as well as email communication and other data acquired by Business Insider, are among the records. According to them, the event took place during a private massage aboard Musk’s Gulfstream plane.

Musk was contacted by the magazine for comment on Wednesday. He gave an introductory reaction before terminating the conversation. “If I were inclined to participate in sexual harassment, this would not be the first time it came to light in my whole 30-year career,” Musk told Business Insider. According to the magazine, he also described the investigation as a “politically driven hit job.” When contacted by phone, SpaceX Vice President of Legal Christopher Cardaci declined to comment on “any settlement arrangements,” according to Business Insider.

According to the statement, the 2016 contact that led to the subsequent settlement took place late in the year. Musk was discovered “totally nude save for a sheet covering the bottom part of his body” after beckoning the attendant to his room during a trip, according to the report. According to the report, Musk “touched her and promised to purchase her a horse if she’d do more” after exposing his erect penis to the SpaceX employee.

According to a document acquired by Business Insider, the attendant, an equestrian, refused Musk’s offer.

In the declaration statement, the companion added, “He whipped out his penis, it was erect.” “And he began proposing to her, touching her thigh and promising to purchase her a horse. And he essentially attempted to entice her into doing anything sexual.” Non-disclosure and non-disparagement terms in the attendant’s $250,000 severance contract prohibited the attendant from discussing the events or payment or releasing anything about SpaceX or Musk’s enterprises. Musk has yet to reply publicly to the news as of this writing.

Source: Chron

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Written by Alex Bruno

Freelance space writer Alex Bruno specializes in covering China's quickly expanding space industry. In 2021, he started writing for SpaceXMania. He also contributes to publications including SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. When Alex was a small child, he first experienced the space bug after seeing Voyager photographs of alien planets in our solar system. When not in space, Alex likes to go trail jogging in the Finnish countryside.

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