Insider published a report on Thursday evening stating that SpaceX paid one of its flight attendants $250,000 as severance in 2018 after the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, sexually harassed her. The flight attendant and her friend allege that Musk showed his penis, proposed to have sexual relations with her, and attempted to bribe her with the purchase of a horse.
The alleged incident took place in 2016, and this is the first time that Elon Musk has been publicly accused of engaging in sexual misconduct. The report was released following a wacky month full of news, and many Tweets, about the stalled deal to purchase Twitter.
This week, Elon Musk, the wealthiest person in the world, has been ruminating on potential future hit pieces on Twitter. Was this an attempt to get ahead of this big and damaging story, or has Musk predicted the future?
Insider was able to get records indicating that Musk’s flight attendant was pushed to become qualified as a masseuse so that she could provide Musk with massages. Employees of the company often enjoy the benefit of receiving massages inside the workplace.
She claims that when they were on a trip to London on Musk’s private plane, he grabbed her thigh and made sexual advances toward her during one of the massages. She also claims that he showed her his genitals. According to the allegation, he reportedly made a sexual advance toward the flight attendant by offering to purchase her a horse in return for sexual favors.
On the hike the following day, the flight attendant apparently informed a friend about the events that had occurred. The woman said that she was disturbed up and concerned about the situation.
Following the alleged encounter, the flight attendant saw that her shifts had been reduced, and she felt that her prospects at SpaceX had been curtailed as a result. She contacted SpaceX’s Human Resources department after hiring a California employment lawyer and making a formal complaint.
In the end, she was able to negotiate a severance package with Elon Musk and SpaceX in November 2018. The package included a payment of $250,000 in return for a promise to keep the matter out of court as well as a confidentiality agreement.
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