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Musk denies ‘wild accusations’ against him in apparent reference to harassment report


Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO participates in a news conference after the launch of SpaceX Demo-2 to the International Space Station. This was held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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SpaceX founder Elon MuskTweeted late Thursday night that “wild allegations” were false against him

He could not elaborate on the accusations. He did not explain the accusations. Business Insider report on ThursdayThe aerospace firm had offered $250,000 to terminate a flight attendant for sexual misconduct allegations against the billionaire.

The reportThe Insider cites interviews with the woman and documents that were obtained from her. She claimed Musk, while giving her a massage, exposed his penis and touched her legs without her consent. Also, he offered to buy her an horse if she did sex acts.

Musk, however, did not directly refer to the report and tweeted “For the Record, these wild accusations are completely untrue.”

“The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook,” he tweeted.

Insider reports that Musk allegedly had an altercation in Musk’s cabin aboard the SpaceX plane on a flight from London to London in 2016 after the richest man in the world asked for a full body massage.

Musk said to Insider, “There was a lot to this story”, when he asked for more time from the publication in order to reply to the article’s claims.

Musk wrote Insider that he was “tempted to engage sexual harassment” and it would not be the first instance in his 30-year-long career. According to the outlet, he also claimed that it was a politically-motivated hit article.

Insider said that Musk had requested additional time for his response, and that the publication deadline was moved. However, Musk never commented further on the allegations.

Insider quoted Christopher Cardaci, SpaceX’s vice president for legal affairs, as saying that he would not comment on settlement agreements.

CNBC reached SpaceX to get their comment.

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A friend signed a declaration detailing the allegations Thursday.

This declaration was in support of a complaint the woman had filed to SpaceX’s HR department in 2018. She claimed that she felt like her opportunities for work at SpaceX were reducing after she decided not to sexually contact Musk. Insider reports that she made the statement.

The article did not identify the name of the woman or the friend who spoke to Insider. According to the report, she signed a nondisclosure agreement with SpaceX.

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Insider reports that Musk was told to the friend by a flight attendant shortly after the incident.

The outlet said that the friend told the flight attendant the allegation of the woman without asking her first, because it was a matter she felt obliged to make public as she had been a victim to sexual assault.

Insider said that Musk attended a mediation session that resolved the flight attendant’s grievance to SpaceX HR.

In November 2018, Musk, SpaceX, and the flight attendant reached an agreement in which the woman was to be paid $250,000 per several. This in return for the promise that she would not file any lawsuits related to her claims.

Read the full Insider report here.

— CNBC’s Weizhen TanAnd Michael SheetzThis report was contributed by you.