Elon Musk couldn’t resist creating a gender pun, it was reported that he exposed himself to a SpaceX flight attendant and proposed to them in 2016.
“Finally, we get to use Elongate as the name Scandal. This is perfect,” the Tesla CEO tweeted Friday, adding a laughing emoji.
Musk was referring to a March 2021 tweet in which he first commented: “If there’s ever been a scandal about me, *please* call it elongate.”
The online joke was not well received by Musk’s critics.
“You are accused of exposing yourself to a flight attendant, asking her for sex for a horse, and paying her half a million dollars to keep quiet. Absolutely no laughing matter,” A Twitter user wrote,
one more Twitter user commented: “This guy is just like Trump. ‘When you’re a star they let you do this’.
Musk called the woman a “far-left actress” accused of sexual misconduct who has “a major political ax to grind”—and to verify her claims by describing a part of her anatomy to her Challenged “not known by the public.”
Musk said on Twitter late Thursday that the “wild allegations are completely untrue.” The allegations were first reported by Insider.
The tech mogul was accused of exposing himself to a flight attendant aboard one of his private planes in 2016 — and SpaceX later paid the woman $250,000 to settle her sexual misconduct claim, as According to the explosive report.
Musk was also accused of rubbing a flight attendant’s leg without permission and offering to buy him a horse if he gave her an erotic massage on the plane, Insider said Thursday, citing documents and interviews.
Hours after Insider published the story, Musk challenged a friend of the accuser, who is said to have been told shortly after the alleged incident.
Musk tweeted: “But I have a challenge for this liar who claims his friend saw me ‘exposed’ – describe the only thing, anything (scars, tattoos, …) that The public doesn’t know.”
“She won’t be able to do it, because it never happened.”
Musk was responding to a commenter on Twitter who wondered: “Where were these wild allegations against @elonmusk before taking a stand against the establishment?”
“Absolutely,” tweeted Musk, who recently announced his intention to buy Twitter for $44 billion and take it private.