Billionaire Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday to condemn utterly untrue” claims in a news story that he sexually harassed an airline stewardess on a private jet in 2016.
Business Insider reported on Thursday that SpaceX, a Musk’s company, paid $250,000 in 2018 to resolve a sexual harassment claim from an anonymous private flight attendant who blamed Musk for exposing himself to her.
The article quoted an unnamed person who claimed to be a friend of the flight attendant. The friend made a statement in connection with the private settlement process, according to the article.
“I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ — describe [sic] just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened,” Musk tweeted.
Reuters was unable to check the Business Insider’s article. Musk and SpaceX did not reply to Reuters requests for comment on the Business Insider story or Musk’s tweets.
In addition to allegedly exposing himself, Musk rubbed the stewardess’s thigh and offered to buy her a horse if she “did more” during a mid-air massage, Business Insider cited a flight attendant’s friend.