SpaceX CEO Elon Musk bluntly responded to allegations of sexual misconduct made against him this week, challenging his accuser to back up their claims while noting that the accusations only cropped up after he threatened the left’s censorship of free speech by buying Twitter.
“They began brewing attacks of all kinds as soon as the Twitter acquisition was announced,” Musk tweeted Friday morning, suggesting that the reports were a politically motivated hit-job.
“In my 30 year career, including the entire MeToo era, there’s nothing to report, but, as soon as I say I intend to restore free speech to Twitter & vote Republican, suddenly there is…” he added.
They began brewing attacks of all kinds as soon as the Twitter acquisition was announced.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
In my 30 year career, including the entire MeToo era, there’s nothing to report, but, as soon as I say I intend to restore free speech to Twitter & vote Republican, suddenly there is …
Business Insider published a report this week claiming that Musk’s company SpaceX had paid $250,000 to a flight attendant to settle a sexual misconduct claim after she accused the billionaire of exposing himself to her on a private jet. The woman also reportedly claimed the Tesla CEO tried to bribe her to touch him and rubbed her leg without permission.
The incident, which supposedly took place in 2016 but wasn’t publicly reported until now, appears to largely be based on second- and third-hand information.
Business Insider reports:
The incident, which took place in 2016, is alleged in a declaration signed by a friend of the attendant and prepared in support of her claim. The details in this story are drawn from the declaration as well as other documents, including email correspondence and other records shared with Insider by the friend.
Musk, a proponent of free speech, announced earlier this week that he intended to vote for Republicans after dubbing Democrats the “part of division and hate,” just weeks after Twitter announced it had accepted the billionaire’s offer to purchase the entire company for $54 billion and take it private.
Musk has denied the allegations, tweeting Friday, "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."