Elon Musk Fires Back After Being Accused Of Sexual Assault In 2016, ‘It’s A Politically Motivated Hit Piece’

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk participates in a postlaunch news conference inside the Press Site auditorium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020, following the launch of the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. - NASA/Kim Shiflett


SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet late Thursday that “wild accusations” against him are not true.

He did not explain what those accusations were. But his response came after a Business Insider report on Thursday said the aerospace company had paid $250,000 in severance to a flight attendant who accused the billionaire of sexual misconduct.

The report, which cited interviews and documents obtained by Insider, said the woman claimed that during a massage she was giving Musk he exposed his erect penis, touched her thigh without her consent and offered to buy her a horse if she performed sex acts. CNBC could not independently verify those allegations.

Musk, without referring directly to the report, tweeted that “for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue.”

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

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