Elon Musk called a report that he engaged in sexual misconduct on a 2016 flight "utterly untrue" and an attempt to derail his acquisition of Twitter.
In a series of tweets on Friday, the billionaire SpaceX and Tesla CEO called the flight attendant who accused him of sexual misconduct a "liar" and challenged her to provide more evidence to substantiate her claims that he exposed himself to her, which the business tycoon said she will be unable to do because "it never happened."
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"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 tweeted on Friday.
He called the Business Insider report claiming the flight attendant received a $250,000 settlement from SpaceX over allegations that on a flight in 2016 he exposed his erect penis, rubbed her leg without permission, and attempted to bribe the flight attendant into performing a sexual massage in exchange for a horse a "hit price [sic]" intended to "interfere with the Twitter acquisition."
"It was clear that their only goal was a hit price to interfere with the Twitter acquisition. The story was written before they even talked to me," Musk said. "And, for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue."
Musk also challenged the woman to provide more details of the alleged encounter.
"But I have 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," he tweeted.
But I have 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.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
In his early Friday morning tweets, Musk asked people to call the scandal "Elongate," a reference to a March 2021 tweet in which he told the public his preferred name for a scandal involving him, should one arise.
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"Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect," Musk tweeted.
Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect. 🤣 https://t.co/qSNH7lsn72— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
Musk, 50, is in the process of buying Twitter for $44 billion. In recent days, however, he has raised the prospect of backing out of the deal over concerns the social media company is not accurately reporting the number of fake and spam accounts on the platform.