Elon Musk Offers 'Challenge' to Sexual Harassment Accusers

Elon Musk has denied a sexual harassment allegation made by a former flight attendant and challenged those making the accusations to describe a unique feature on his body "not known by the public" to stand up the claims.

The SpaceX CEO dismissed the allegation, first reported by Insider, as a "politically motivated hit piece." Musk's company also reportedly paid out $250,000 to the woman, who worked as cabin crew for SpaceX's corporate jet fleet, as part of a severance agreement.

Musk is alleged to have exposed his erect penis to the employee, rubbed her leg without consent, and offered to buy her a horse if she gave him an erotic massage and "'do more,' referring to the performance of sex acts," according to a declaration made by a friend of the flight attendant.

The incident allegedly occurred during a private flight to London in late 2016. In November 2018, Musk, SpaceX and the attendant entered into a severance agreement in which she agreed not to sue over the claims, according to the report. The attendant also signed non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses.

Musk has denied the claims in a series of tweets, suggesting the "attacks" against him should be "viewed through a political lens."

The billionaire, who is attempting to take over Twitter, also replied "exactly" in response to a tweet by Tara Bull, CEO of Cucumber Capital, who asked why the "wild accusations" against Musk didn't emerge "before he took a stand against the establishment."

Musk added the accusations are "utterly untrue" before offering 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 added.

Musk later appeared to make light of the allegations against him.

Responding to a March 2021 tweet of his in which he wrote: "If there's ever a scandal about me, *please* call it Elongate," Musk tweeted: "Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It's kinda perfect."

Speaking to Insider, the friend of the flight attendant said she "absolutely felt a responsibility" to come forward with the allegations.

"He is the richest man in the world. Someone with that level of power causing that kind of harm and then throwing some money at the situation, that's not accountability," she said.

"There are predators all over the world. But when someone is particularly wealthy and powerful, they literally have systems that are like a machine working for them, to set them up to be able to do whatever they want."

SpaceX has been contacted for comment.

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Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk introduces the newly unveiled all-electric battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck at Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, California on November 21, 2019. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images