Elon Musk says he doesn’t use flight attendants; SpaceX president defends him over sexual assault complaint

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell defended Elon Musk against sexual harassment allegations in an email to employees Monday, to which the company’s CEO responded in a tweet.

Musk has denied an allegation of a flight attendant exposing his penis to him and rubbing his leg without his consent in 2016 on a private jet. She was reportedly paid $250,000 as part of a severance deal in 2018.

In her email, Shotwell said she doesn’t believe that claim.

“I believe the allegations are false, not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard anything resembling these allegations” , she wrote.


Elon Musk attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the exhibition ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’ on May 2 in New York City. On Monday, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell defended Musk (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/AP Newsroom)

In a response to a tweet on the email, Musk said he didn’t use a flight attendant.

“Knowledgeable observers of my plane (and there are many) will notice that I don’t use a flight attendant,” he wrote. “Also, only fruits and nuts are stored on the plane. I use flights as an opportunity to fast.”

According to the report, the flight attendant worked on a contract basis in cabin crew during SpaceX’s business jet fleet. She told a friend that SpaceX encouraged her to get a masseuse license, so she could give Musk massages, Business Insider reported. She said Musk proposed to her during one of those massages.

Responding to the report, Musk asked who the “friend” was, calling her “a far-left activist/actress in LA with a major political ax to grind.”

He further stated that the Insider report was an attempt to interfere with his acquisition of Twitter.

In previous interviews, the SpaceX CEO called the allegations “politically motivated.”

“Attacks on me must be seen through a political lens – that’s their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech,” he said. he wrote in a May 19 tweet. A day before this tweet, Musk tweeted a prediction that the political attacks against him would “escalate dramatically”.

Musk recently announced that he plans to buy Twitter for $44 billion and take it private, but suggested on Saturday that the redemption price should be reduced by the number of bot accounts on the platform.


Emma Colton of Fox Business contributed to this report.

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