Elon Musk Accused of Exposing Himself to and Propositioning Flight Attendant for Sex, Paying $250,000 for her Silence

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the company’s production facility in Hawthorne, Calif. (Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Juarez)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been publicly accused of exposing himself to and propositioning a flight attendant for sex on his corporate jet. SpaceX subsequently paid the woman a $250,000 severance package to keep quiet about the alleged sexual harassment, according to a story published by Insider.

The attendant worked as a member of the cabin crew on a contract basis for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, according to interviews and documents obtained by Insider.

The incident, which took place in 2016, is alleged in a declaration signed by a friend of the attendant and prepared in support of her claim. The details in this story are drawn from the declaration as well as other documents, including email correspondence and other records shared with Insider by the friend.

According to the declaration, the attendant confided to the friend that after taking the flight attendant job, she was encouraged to get licensed as a masseuse so that she could give Musk massages. It was during one such massage in a private cabin on Musk’s Gulfstream G650ER, she told the friend, that Musk propositioned her.

The flight attendant, who rides horses, believed her work hours were cut back due to her refusal to have sex with Musk, her friend said. The flight attendant and SpaceX reached a $250,000 settlement in 2018 that include a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) prohibiting any discussion of the alleged incident. Her friend is not bound by the NDA.

Musk has denied the accusations to Insider.

After Insider contacted Musk for comment, he emailed to ask for more time to respond and 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.”

Musk put out several Tweets between the time Insider asked him to comment and the publication of the story that embraced the Republican Party and warned darkly of impending attacks on him for turning against the Democrats.

Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months

In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold …

After the story was published, Musk posted a series of Tweets denying the story and amplifying his claim of a political witch hunt. Left unaddressed was why SpaceX would have paid a $250,000 settlement if the claims were false. In July 2021, Musk tweeted the following about his automobile company.

Tesla policy is never to give in to false claims, even if we would lose, and never to fight true claims, even if we would win.

Musk tweeted that the Insider story is intended to derail his effort to purchase Twitter and take the company private. He has said his $44 billion takeover bid is about restoring free speech to the micro-blogging website, including removing former President Donald Trump’s lifetime ban.

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 has put the purchase on hold until Twitter reveals what percentage of its user base consists of automated bot accounts. Twitter has said they make up 5% of active users, but Musk claims it is more. Twitter is suing Musk to enforce the purchase agreement.

Musk also claimed that his goal of establishing a colony on Mars was threatened by the Democratic Party’s wokeness.

Unless it is stopped, the woke mind virus will destroy civilization and humanity will never reached Mars

A SpaceX lawyer contacted by Insider refused to comment on the settlement with the flight attendant. SpaceX also did not respond to requests by Insider for comment.