Elon Musk denies sexual misconduct allegation

Elon Musk denies sexual misconduct allegation

Elon Musk and the SpaceX team are recognized by Vice President Mike Pence at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center following the launch of the company’s Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station on May 30, 2000.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk and the SpaceX crew are identified by Vice President Mike Pence at NASA’s Kennedy Situation Heart following the delivery of the corporate’s Demo-2 mission to the Global Situation Station on May per chance perhaps perhaps 30, 2000.
(Picture credit: NASA/Invoice Ingalls)

Elon Musk has denied an allegation that he sexually careworn a flight attendant in 2016, characterizing it as phase of a smear advertising and marketing and marketing campaign against him.

The train surfaced the day prior to this (May per chance perhaps perhaps 19) in a account by Enterprise Insider, which basically basically based its document on the account of a friend of the alleged sufferer. Per a declaration signed by the friend, all over a 2016 SpaceX company-jet flight, Elon Musk asked the attendant to advance into his cabin and give him a beefy-physique therapeutic massage.

“When she arrived, the attendant chanced on that Musk ‘used to be fully naked as antagonistic to for a sheet preserving the lower half of of his physique,'” Enterprise Insider wrote. “At some level of the therapeutic massage, the declaration says, Musk ‘uncovered his genitals’ after which ‘touched her and equipped to salvage her a horse if she would “discontinue more,” relating to the efficiency of sex acts.'”

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Per the Enterprise Insider document, the flight attendant filed a grievance, which used to be resolved in November 2018 when SpaceX paid her a $250,000 severance kit “in exchange for a promise no longer to sue over the claims.”

Musk has denied the allegations in a sequence of tweets in every single place in the last two days, calling them “wild accusations” that are “fully fallacious” and spellbinding the flight attendant’s friend to report any feature of his anatomy, equivalent to scars or tattoos, “that is no longer in actual fact known by the general public.”

The SpaceX and Tesla chief additionally described the Enterprise Insider account as a “hit portion” designed “to interfere with the Twitter acquisition” and claimed that it “used to be written earlier than they even talked to me.” (Musk submitted a $44 billion command to salvage Twitter, which the corporate’s board just lately accredited. Nonetheless it be unclear at this level if the sale will in actual fact struggle thru.)

“The assaults against me must be seen thru a political lens — here is their fashioned (wicked) playbook — nonetheless nothing will deter me from combating for an exact future and your splendid to free speech,” Musk added in one other tweet on Thursday evening.

The “they” on this tweet is an apparent reference to Democrats or the left in a more traditional sense. On Wednesday (May per chance perhaps perhaps 18), as an illustration, Musk tweeted the next: “In the past I voted Democrat, as a consequence of they be pleased been (mainly) the kindness event. Nonetheless they’ve changed into the event of division & abhor, so I will no longer increase them and can vote Republican. Now, explore their soiled techniques advertising and marketing and marketing campaign against me unfold…”

Enterprise Insider says that it reached out to Musk earlier than publishing the document. When asked to commentary on the allegation, in step with Enterprise Insider, Musk requested more time and said that there is “plenty more to this account.” 

“If I be pleased been inclined to clutch in sexual harassment, here is unlikely to be the predominant time in my entire 30-twelve months profession that it involves light,” Musk wrote thru electronic mail, in step with Enterprise Insider. The billionaire entrepreneur usually is called the account a “politically motivated hit portion.”

Per John Cook dinner, investigations editor at Insider, the newsletter reached out to Musk at around 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on Wednesday — about three hours earlier than Musk posted his “soiled techniques” tweet.

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Michael Wall is a Senior Situation Creator with Situation.com and joined the crew in 2010. He basically covers exoplanets, spaceflight and protection force dwelling, nonetheless has been known to dabble within the dwelling art beat. His ebook about the detect alien existence, “Out There,” used to be printed on Nov. 13, 2018. Before turning into a science writer, Michael labored as a herpetologist and vegetation and fauna biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor’s level from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificates in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To discover what his latest mission is, you would additionally apply Michael on Twitter.