|Mr. Musk is said to have exposed his genitals to her, touched her leg without consent, and offered to buy her a gift if she would "do more" - referring to the performance of sex acts. (Photo by= Getty Images)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] The world's richest man, Elon Musk, has denied claims that he groped and exposed himself to an employee at his SpaceX rocket company six years ago. A report in the Business Insider news outlet on Thursday alleged SpaceX paid the ex-flight attendant $250,000 (£200,000) to settle the claim.
"Those wild accusations are utterly untrue," he wrote on Twitter. Mr. Musk told Business Insider its article was a "politically motivated hit piece". The SpaceX founder suggested the piece was intended to interfere with his stalled $44bn (£35bn) acquisition of Twitter and malign the recent shift in his politics. According to Business Insider, SpaceX paid the unnamed woman a severance agreement that was settled out of court and, as part of the deal, she wasn’t allowed to sue the company or talk about the alleged incident. The friend said Mr. Musk had exposed himself to the former employee in 2016 while receiving a massage from her aboard his private jet.
The magazine quotes an anonymous friend of the flight attendant, who it claimed had provided a signed declaration as part of the settlement process. The BBC has not been able to confirm these reports independently. Nicholas Carlson, the magazine's editor-in-chief, defended his outlet's work, writing on Twitter: "We stand by our story, which is based on documents and interviews and speaks for itself."