SpaceX reportedly paid $250,000 to settle sexual harassment charge against Elon Musk – Technology News, Firstpost



SpaceX reportedly paid a flight attendant $250,000 to make sure she didn’t speak up or sue the company after Elon Musk allegedly exposed herself and suggested she have intercourse, according to a report from Business Insider.

According to one of the flight attendant’s friends, the alleged victim worked as a crew member on a SpaceX business flight. During one of the flights, the attendant told her friend that Musk had asked her for a full-body massage in his room — reportedly, this was not uncommon, and SpaceX had encouraged the attendant to get a masseuse license. During the massage, Musk is said to have removed the sheet that covered the lower half of his body and exposed himself. While rubbing her leg, he reportedly offered to buy the attendant a horse if she “would do more.”

The allegations were passed on to Insider by one of the flight attendant’s friends, who was asked by the flight attendant’s attorney to sign a statement supporting the allegations in 2018. The friend told Insider that the flight attendant refused to engage in sexual acts with Musk. and that she was “really upset” after the flight. The friend also said that SpaceX reduced the number of services she received after the incident, which the attendant saw as a sign of retaliation.

According to Insider, the escort filed a complaint with SpaceX’s HR department in 2018, saying her career with the company had suffered as a result of her refusal. The company reportedly took the complaint to a mediator, not a court or arbitrator, and signed the counselor to a $250,000 severance agreement that prohibits her from saying anything bad about Musk or his companies, including SpaceX and Tesla. This included talking about the payment itself.

When contacted for comment, Musk reportedly said there was “much more” to the story, saying it was a “politically motivated hit piece.”

Musk told Insider, “If I was prone to sexual harassment, it probably won’t be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it has come to light.”

However, employees of SpaceX and Tesla have previously said that both companies helped by Musk have cultures of sexual harassment. An employee at SpaceX said the company took no meaningful action after they reported being groped by co-workers, and Tesla faces multiple lawsuits over its HR department failing to protect employees who were “objectified, threatened, touched and suggested about the factory floor.”

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