Elon Musk challenged the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct to describe details of his intimate body parts that are “not known by the public” in a bid to disprove her claims.
“But I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ – describe 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 Friday in response to a Twitter user asking what the accusations were.
A former flight attendant working on a contract basis in the cabin crew for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, Insider reported last week.
The incident allegedly took place in 2016. The woman reported the incident to the company’s human resources department, and Musk, SpaceX and the attendant ultimately entered a $250,000 severance agreement in 2018, Insider reported.
Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, denied the sexual misconduct claims to the outlet, calling the story a “politically motivated hit piece.”
“If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light,” he wrote.
He also took to Twitter and said the claims should be viewed as political. Musk had said earlier last week that he will vote Republican in future elections after overwhelmingly voting Democrat in previous elections.
“The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech,” the SpaceX CEO wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
A friend of the attendant detailed the incident in a signed declaration. Twitter users asked why the friend would come forward years later, which Musk responded to by saying the friend “is a far left activist/actress in LA with a major political axe to grind.”
Musk recently announced he intends to buy Twitter for $44 billion and take it private but suggested Saturday the buyout price should be slashed by the number of bot accounts on the platform.