Musk denies allegations of sexual misconduct by former SpaceX contract flight attendant

Musk, who's made a controversial, multibillion dollar bid to buy Twitter, predicted Thursday a "dirty tricks campaign" against him would soon emerge.

Updated: May 20, 2022 - 2:59pm

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Tesla, SpaceX, and hopeful Twitter CEO Elon Musk has denied a claim of sexual misconduct made by a flight attendant who worked on his private jet in 2016. 

A Business Insider report said that SpaceX paid the woman, who was a contract worker, a severance of $250,000 in 2018 if she agreed not to file a lawsuit over her claim.

The report was based on an account by a friend of the flight attendant who said the woman told her about the incident shortly after it occurred. The flight attendant was subsequently required to sign a nondisclosure agreement prohibiting her from speaking about the payment or anything else pertaining to Musk and SpaceX.

Musk denied the allegations via Twitter, which he is attempting to purchase for roughly $44 billion.

"Those wild accusations are utterly untrue," he responded to a user who had tweeted in support of him.

He replied to another Twitter account: "In my 30 year career, including the entire MeToo era, there's nothing to report, but, as soon as I say I intend to restore free speech to Twitter & vote Republican suddenly there is ..."

Making light of the situation, Musk wrote that finally there would be a good use for the term "Elongate," which he wrote he'd hoped would be the phrase associated with any scandal involving him. 

According to the Business Insider report, the flight attendant said Musk exposed himself to her during a massage, rubbed her leg and offered to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage. 

Hours prior to the publishing of report, Musk tweeted that he would doubtlessly soon be the target of a "dirty tricks campaign" by the left.