A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents show. The company paid $250,000 for her silence.

Elon Musk has been accused of sexual misconduct by a SpaceX flight attendant. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk asked her to "do more" during a massage, documents show.
The billionaire founder showed her his penis and offered to buy her a horse, a statement said.
After reporting the incident to SpaceX, Musk's company paid her $250,000 as part of a severance agreement.
SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, the world's richest man, paid a flight attendant $250,000 in 2018 to settle a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Musk, Insider has learned.
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The flight attendant worked as a contract cabin crew member for SpaceX's fleet of corporate jets. According to interviews and documents obtained by Insiders, she accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent and offering to buy a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.
The incident, which took place in 2016, is alleged in a statement signed by a friend of the companion and prepared in support of her claim. The details in this story come from the statement, as well as other documents, including email correspondence and other records, that the friend shared with Insider.
According to the statement, the friend's companion confided that after taking the job as a flight attendant, she was encouraged to get a license as a masseuse so she could give Musk massages. During one such massage in a private cabin on Musk's Gulfstream G650ER, she told her friend, Musk proposed to her.
After reaching out to Musk for comment, insider emailed Musk asking for more time for a response, saying that "there's a lot more to this story."
"If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this probably isn't the first time in my entire 30-year career that this has come to light," he wrote, calling the story a "politically motivated hit."
Insiders extended the deadline and reiterated Musk's offer to comment on the claims. He didn't answer.
Reached via cellphone, SpaceX vice president of legal Christopher Cardaci said, "I will not comment on any settlement agreements." SpaceX did not respond to requests for comment to its general media contact email address.
A claim that Musk offered a horse in exchange for an erotic massage
The flight attendant told her friend the billionaire SpaceX and Tesla founder asked her to come to his room during a flight "for a full-body massage" in late 2016, the statement said. When she arrived, the nurse noted that Musk was "completely naked except for a sheet covering the lower half of his body." During the massage, the statement said, Musk "bared his genitals" and then "touched them and offered to buy her a horse if she would 'do more,' which was related to performing sexual acts."
The attendant, who rides horses, refused and continued the massage without engaging in any sexual conduct. The companion "is not for sale," the friend's statement said. "She will not perform any sexual favors for money or gifts." The incident happened on a flight to London.
In an interview with Insider, the friend detailed the supervisor's allegations. She spoke on condition of anonymity, citing fears for her personal safety, but Insider is aware of her identity. Insiders also know the flight attendant's identity but won't name her because she claims she was a victim of sexual misconduct. She declined to comment on this story.
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