According to the Business Insider, Elon Musk paid USD 250,000 to settle a sexual misconduct lawsuit after a flight attendant on the company's corporate jet accused him of exposing himself to her mid-flight.
The incident occurred in 2016, according to Business Insider, and the firm settled with the anonymous flight attendant in 2018, according to a friend of the flight attendant who was notified about the incident at the time but is not bound by any non-disclosure agreements with the company. Musk is said to have requested a "full body massage" and promised to buy the flight attendant a horse if she would "do more." The flight attendant was reportedly encouraged to pay for professional massage training out of her own cash so that she could better assist Musk during flights, according to Insider.
Musk is said to have exposed himself and "proposed" her during a massage on a flight to London. The buddy described the encounter as "he grabbed her thigh and promised her he would get her a horse." "And he basically tried to bribe her into doing anything sexual."
The flight attendant reportedly turned down Musk's advances and then felt "punished" by SpaceX by having less shifts. According to Business Insider, she reached an agreement with Musk in 2018 "after a session with a mediator that Musk himself attended."
Musk reportedly responded to questioning by saying, "There's a lot more to this tale," but did not expand. "If I were inclined to participate in sexual harassment, this would not be the first time it came to light in my 30-year career," he told the outlet.