Scandal with Elon Musk: he offered sex to a SpaceX employee in exchange for a horse
SpaceX, the aerospace firm founded by Elon Musk, the world's richest man, paid a flight attendant $250 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against Musk in 000. The details of this story are Business Insider.
The flight attendant worked as a contract flight attendant for SpaceX's corporate jet fleet. According to interviews and documents obtained by Insider, she accused Musk of showing her his erect penis, touching her leg without her consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for sexual favors.
The incident occurred in 2016, and the issue was settled in 2018. Details of this story are taken from documents, including email correspondence and other records shared by the source with Insider.
According to the statement, the flight attendant admitted to a friend that when she got a job as a flight attendant, she was offered a massage therapist license so she could massage the billionaire. During one of these massages in his private Gulfstream G650ER cabin, Musk proposed to her in an unusual way.
When Insider reached out to the entrepreneur for comment, he emailed asking for more time to respond and said "this story is much longer."
“If I was prone to sexual harassment, this would hardly be the first time in my entire 30-year career that this would have come to light,” he wrote, calling the story a “politically motivated hit.”
But, after a while after the second request, Max did not answer.
SpaceX vice president of legal affairs Christopher Kardachi said: "I'm not going to comment on any settlement agreements."
Musk offered a horse in exchange for an erotic massage
The flight attendant told her friend that the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO asked her to come to a special room during a flight in late 2016 "for a full body massage." When she arrived, she found that Musk "was completely naked except for a sheet covering his lower body." According to a friend, during the massage, the billionaire “exposed his genitals” and then “touched her and offered to buy her a horse” if she “does more,” meaning either sexual intercourse or an erotic massage.
The stewardess, who is fond of horses, refused and continued the massage without engaging in a sexual relationship.
The friend detailed the allegations. She spoke on condition of anonymity, citing concerns for her safety. The identity of the stewardess is known, but journalists do not name her. The girl declined to comment on this story.
“He pulled out his penis, it was erect,” said a friend describing the allegations. Musk touched her thigh and said he would buy her a horse. He was actually trying to bribe her into doing some kind of sexual favor."
"Punished for Rejection"
According to a friend, the stewardess confessed this to her when they were on a camping trip together shortly after a trip to London. According to her, the girl was clearly upset and did not know what to do.
The stewardess complained to her friend that after the refusal of the billionaire, there was less work.
“Before the incident, she considered Musk a person to be equal to,” the friend emphasized. She believed that everything could return to normal, and was ready to pretend that nothing had happened. However, she began to feel that she was being punished: she was cut off the number of shifts.
Massages on demand
SpaceX has a particular focus on massage, to the point of hiring full-time massage therapists as an executive perk. According to a friend, the bosses pushed the stewardess to equip her own professional massage room for sessions with Musk.
“They suggested that she get a massage therapist license, but in her spare time and for her own money,” the friend explained. “Obviously, the implication was that she would fly more often because she could give Elon a proper massage. It seemed a little strange to me, because she was hired as a flight attendant. And if Elon likes massage, then he had to pay for you to go to the massage school. But she was very happy because she wanted to get a good job so she could travel.”
In 2018, convinced that declining Musk's offer reduced her opportunities at SpaceX, the employee hired an employment lawyer and filed a complaint with the company's HR department detailing the incident. Around this time, the law firm contacted a friend and asked her to prepare a statement supporting the claims.
The complaint was quickly resolved after a meeting with the mediator, which Musk attended in person. The case never made it to court or arbitration. In November 2018, Musk, SpaceX and the flight attendant entered into an agreement under which the girl received compensation in the amount of $ 250 in exchange for a promise not to sue.
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The agreement included, among other things, restrictive non-disclosure clauses that prevent maintenance personnel from ever discussing payments or disclosing any information about Musk and his businesses, including SpaceX and Tesla.
“When you choose to remain silent, you become part of this system”
A friend told Insider that she decided to come forward about the incident without consulting a flight attendant. She was a survivor of sexual abuse, so she felt compelled to share what she had been told about Musk. Unlike the flight attendant, her friend is not bound by any non-disclosure agreement.
“I felt it was my responsibility to come forward with this, especially now,” she remarked. - He is the richest man in the world. With this level of power, he does so much harm and then pays off. This is not responsibility. There are predators all over the world. When someone is especially wealthy and powerful, then he has systems that work like a machine for him, and he can do whatever he wants.
A friend understands that if she remains silent, she will become an accomplice.
“When you choose to remain silent, you become part of this system,” she said. “You really become part of this machine that allows someone like Elon Musk to continue doing terrible things.”
Non-disclosure agreements are important components of this machine. The friend said that before contacting Insider, she called the lawyer who represented the victim. The human rights activist explained to her that she had the right to freely communicate with the press, but disclosure of information on this case could put the stewardess at risk, since she signed a non-disclosure agreement.
“Obviously, her main concern was the client,” the friend assured.
She remembered the words of the lawyer, saying that the privacy provisions are “bullshit” and that if any other women were victims of the Musk, they should declare themselves. But when it came to her client, the lawyer urged her friend not to share information and documents.
“If she had a way to tell everything without putting herself at risk, without endangering her life in any way, I think she would do it,” said a friend. “I hope she thinks I did the right thing.”
"I wish the truth was revealed"
This is the only known allegation and settlement of sexual harassment personally linked to Musk.
However, two of his companies have faced allegations of sexual harassment in the past. In December 2021, the same week that he was named Time Person of the Year, four women who worked for SpaceX spoke of sexual harassment they said they experienced at the company, whose CEO is Mask. One of them, Ashley Kosak, posted a story about how she was touched inappropriately by male employees when she was a trainee. Three other women said the same, but one of them also signed a non-disclosure agreement.
In response to the reports, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell sent out an email to the entire company. It stated that “Timely reporting of harassment is key to ensuring we keep SpaceX as a great place to work; we can't fix what we don't know about."
She added that SpaceX will "thoroughly investigate all allegations of harassment or discrimination and will take prompt and appropriate action."
And now six women are suing Tesla, whose CEO is Musk. They reported sexual harassment directly at the Tesla facility. The complaints said that the men in the shops stared at the women and made remarks about their clothes. This forced some of them to wear baggy clothes and use stacks of boxes to shield themselves from grinning colleagues. They claimed they were retaliated when they announced it.
The flight attendant's friend summed up that if Musk mistreated someone else, then she hoped they would publicly tell their story. If there are other victims, she said, “I would like them to come forward. I want the truth to be revealed."
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