A SPACEX flight attendant claimed that CEO Elon Musk exposed himself to her and asked for sex back in 2016.
The attendant reportedly was a member of the cabin crew for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet when she said Musk allegedly rubbed her leg.
In an email to Insider, Musk said there is “a lot more to this story.”
“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, calling the story a “politically motivated hit piece.”
Christopher Cardaci, Vice President of Legal at SpaceX told Insider, “I’m not going to comment on any settlement agreements.”
The 2016 incident was alleged in papers signed by the friend of the flight attendant, who handled a flight to London.
The friend also turned over records and other correspondence to Insider.
The woman also claims that Musk allegedly exposed his erect penis to her and offered to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.
She claims Musk paid her $250,000 to settle the sexual misconduct claim in 2018.
The woman confided to a friend that after taking the flight attendant job, she was urged to become a licensed masseuse to give Musk massages.
It was during one of those massages in a private cabin on Musk’s Gulfstream G650ER that Musk allegedly propositioned her.
The flight attendant told her friend that the billionaire SpaceX and Tesla founder asked her to come to his room during a flight in late 2016 “for a full body massage,” the declaration says. When she arrived, the attendant found that Musk “was completely naked except for a sheet covering the lower half of his body.” During the massage, the declaration says, Musk “exposed his genitals” and then “touched her and offered to buy her a horse if she would ‘do more,’ referring to the performance of sex acts.”
The attendant, who rides horses, declined and continued with the massage without engaging in any sexual conduct. The attendant “is not for sale,” the friend’s declaration said. “She is not going to perform sexual favors for money or gifts.” The incident occurred during a flight to London.
In an interview with Insider, the friend described the attendant’s allegations in more detail. She spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing fears for her personal safety, but Insider is aware of her identity. Insider is also aware of the flight attendant’s identity, but is not naming her because she has claimed to be a victim of sexual misconduct. She declined to comment for this story.
“He whipped out his penis, it was erect,” the friend said, describing the allegations. “And he started propositioning her, like he touched her thigh and told her he would buy her a horse. And he basically tried to bribe her to perform some sort of sexual favor.”
The friend said that the attendant told her about the misconduct while they were on a hike together shortly after the London trip. The friend described the attendant as distraught and visibly shaken. “She was really upset,” the friend said. “She didn’t know what to do.”
The flight attendant told her friend that work began to dry up after she refused Musk’s advances. “Before the incident, she regarded Mr. Musk as a person to look up to,” the declaration says. “But after he exposed himself, touched her without permission, and offered to pay her for sex, she was full of anxiety.”
“She figured things could just go back to normal and she would pretend like nothing happened,” the friend told Insider. “However, she started to feel as if she was receiving some sort of retaliation where her shifts were cut back, and she was starting to feel really stressed.”
Eventually, the declaration says, the attendant felt “she was being pushed out and punished for refusing to prostitute herself.”