When you haven’t seen the information in the previous couple of days, I’ll fill you in: Elon Musk has been accused of sexual harassment.
The flight attendant informed her pal that the billionaire SpaceX and Tesla founder requested her to return to his room throughout a flight in late 2016 “for a full physique therapeutic massage,” the declaration says. When she arrived, the attendant discovered that Musk “was fully bare apart from a sheet masking the decrease half of his physique.” Throughout the therapeutic massage, the declaration says, Musk “uncovered his genitals” after which “touched her and provided to purchase her a horse if she would ‘do extra,’ referring to the efficiency of intercourse acts.”
The supply to purchase her a horse is an uncommon element, however apparently the flight attendant rode horses when she wasn’t working. It’s not as if Musk buys horses for each girl he propositions.
After all, denies all the things.
“I’ve a problem to this liar who claims their pal noticed me ‘uncovered’ — describe only one factor, something in any respect (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t identified by the general public. She received’t give you the option to take action, as a result of it by no means occurred,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted early Friday morning.
Now that raises one other query: does he even have any distinguishing scars or tattoos that somebody would discover? It’s a mark of vainness that he would assume his nethers are so distinctive that anybody would acknowledge him.
However OK, it truly is a she mentioned, he mentioned form of scenario. To date, it’s simply an accusation, and I’m not seeing the proof. Besides there’s one factor that I’d prefer to see him clarify away: the payout.
In 2018, after turning into satisfied that her refusal to just accept Musk’s proposal had diminished her alternatives at SpaceX, the attendant employed a California employment lawyer and despatched a grievance to the corporate’s human assets division detailing the episode. Round that point, the lawyer’s agency contacted the pal and requested her to arrange the declaration corroborating the claims.
The attendant’s grievance was resolved rapidly after a session with a mediator that Musk personally attended. The matter by no means reached a court docket of legislation or an arbitration continuing. In November 2018, Musk, SpaceX and the flight attendant entered right into a severance settlement granting the attendant a $250,000 fee in alternate for a promise to not sue over the claims.
The settlement additionally included restrictive non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses that bar the attendant from ever discussing the severance fee or disclosing any data of any variety about Musk and his companies, together with SpaceX and Tesla.
Wait wait wait. She was involved that her refusal to accommodate Musk’s sexual calls for was going to have an effect on her prospects within the firm, and her grievance was in a short time addressed in a gathering with attorneys and the billionaire president of the corporate by chopping 1 / 4 million greenback test? That is weird and damning. He folded quick and handed out an terrible lot of cash for ‘simply an accusation’. Is that this routine coverage at SpaceX?
It additionally means there must be a file someplace of a payout by SpaceX and a financial institution deposit by the accuser. Let’s see the proof.
Though there’s additionally the troubling incontrovertible fact that Free Speech Warrior Musk made the flight attendant signal an NDA. How about waiving that, Mr Musk, and letting freedom ring?
One other argument Musk makes in his protection is that that is the one accusation made, and that his file is clear, which is some extent in his favor. Nonetheless, I ponder what impact his skill to drop $250,000 (or a horse!) on an accuser to silence them with authorized shackles performs on that absence. Will success in breaking that NDA result in a brand new assortment of accusers to step ahead? That’s what occurred with #MeToo, you realize.