Elon Musk Links Sexual Harassment Allegation to His Fight for 'Free Speech'

Tech mogul Elon Musk is brushing aside a bombshell report accusing him of sexual misconduct by calling the allegations politically motivated, saying he'll keep fighting for free speech.

Musk on Thursday posted a defiant tweet hours after Insider published a report that he allegedly offered a flight attendant a horse for an erotic massage, leading to a $250,000 settlement. The tweet is the latest by Musk criticizing progressives and Democrats, as he's positioned himself as a champion of free speech.

"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," Musk wrote in the tweet.

The report by Insider, based on interviews and documents, centers around a 2016 incident where Musk allegedly exposed himself to a flight attendant and offered to buy her a horse if she would "do more." The flight attendant was an employee at SpaceX and settled with the aerospace company headed by Musk for a quarter million dollars, alleges the report.

Elon Musk at Met Gala
Tech mogul Elon Musk said an explosive report accusing him of sexual misconduct was politically motivated, adding that he'll keep up the fight for freedom of speech. Above, Musk attends the Met Gala celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Musk has denied the allegations, calling the report a "politically motivated hit piece."

In the lead-up to the report's publication, Musk has cryptically tweeted that he would no longer vote for Democrats and alluded to a "dirty tricks campaign" against him. In his bid to acquire Twitter, Musk has presented himself as a free speech champion, criticizing the platform's uneven enforcement of community standards and drawing praise from conservatives who've complained of censorship.

"Where were these wild accusations against @elonmusk before he took a stand against the establishment?" Tara Bull, CEO of Cucumber Capital, responded to Musk Thursday evening.

"Exactly," replied Musk.

The report has sparked a debate on Twitter and been the subject of horse-themed memes.

Previously, six women at Tesla had filed a lawsuit alleging "rampant sexual harassment" at its factories. A SpaceX engineer also said the company turned a blind eye to sexual harassment of women.

In another cryptic tweet, the famously irreverent CEO in November 2021 tweeted a picture of a whistle with the text "Blow the whistle on Tesla!"

Since Musk announced he was planning to purchase Twitter, speculation has swirled what the acquisition would mean for his stock holdings in Tesla, which he is expected to sell to help come up with the cash for the deal.

Earlier this month, Musk said he was putting his $44 billion deal to acquire Twitter on hold temporarily over a report that fake accounts made up less than 5 percent of the platform's users.

Newsweek has reached out to Musk for comment.