SpaceX Flight Attendant accused Elon Musk of exposing himself to her.

SpaceX Flight Attendant And Elon Musk Sexual Misconduct Claim / Elongate

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SpaceX Flight Attendant Elon Musk Sexual Misconduct Claim, also known as Elongate, refers to a 2022 controversy involving Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk allegedly exposing his "erect penis" and offering sex to a flight attendant in 2016 following a massage. Musk then allegedly paid the woman $250,000 to keep quiet about the sexual misconduct, as well as reportedly offering her a horse. In general, the event is related to the MeToo Movement. News outlet Business Insider broke the story in May 2022, resulting in subsequent reactions and memes across social media.

History

On May 19th, 2022, Business Insider[1] published an article that claimed in 2018 Elon Musk allegedly paid a former SpaceX flight attendant $250,000 to settle a sexual misconduct claim. The event allegedly took place in 2016 on a flight to London, England when an anonymous cabin crew member, a part of SpaceX's corporate jet fleet, was giving Musk a massage. According to Business Insider,[1] this prompted Musk to expose his erect penis to her, rub her leg without consent and then offer to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.

The account was given to Business Insider on behalf of an anonymous friend of the flight attendant. Insider claimed it was aware of the flight attendant's identity, but did not name her because she claimed to be a victim of sexual misconduct.

On May 19th, 2022, Business Insider then posted a tweet[2] that included a link to its article, earning roughly 6,600 likes in three hours (shown below). A more viral tweet, however, was posted on the same day by Twitter[3] user nichcarlson, who earned roughly 10,700 likes in three hours.


Business Insider BUSINESS INSIDER @Business Insider A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents show. The company paid $250,000 for her silence. businessinsider.com A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned h... SpaceX paid a flight attendant $250,000 in severance after she accused Elon Musk of exposing himself and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for a ... 6:17 PM May 19, 2022 Business Insider Login :

A day before the story broke, on May 18th, Musk posted a tweet[4] reading, "Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months," which received roughly 615,700 likes in two days (shown below). Musk then posted another tweet[5] on May 18th stating that he'd be voting Republican in the upcoming election cycle.


Elon Musk @elonmusk Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months 12:22 PM . May 18, 2022 Twitter for iPhone 55.4K Retweets 11.9K Quote Tweets 615.7K Likes

Later on May 18th, still before the Business Insider story, Twitter[6] user maplecocaine posted screenshots of the aforementioned Musk tweets, captioning them, "There's a story coming out soon that he's trying to get ahead of. Hard to read this any other way," earning roughly 92,700 likes in two days (shown below, left). The next day, after the Insider story, some Twitter users circled back to Musk's May 18th tweets,[4][5] as well as to maplecocaine's tweet,[6] seeing them as supposed real-life foreshadowings. For instance, on May 19th, Twitter[7] user EoinHiggins_ posted screenshots of maplecocaine's tweet[6] and the Business Insider[1] headline, captioning them, "He don't miss," and earning roughly 9,300 likes in one day (shown below, right).


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Elongate

On May 19th, 2022, after the story broke, Elon Musk posted a tweet[8] that acted as his first response to the scandal. It stated, "The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech," earning roughly 372,200 likes and 49,800 retweets in eight hours (shown below, left). Roughly two hours later, on May 20th, Musk posted a quote retweet [9] of a March 2021 tweet[10] of his that read, "If there’s ever a scandal about me, *please* call it Elongate," earning roughly 755,400 likes in 14 months. His May 20th, quote retweet[10] stated, "Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect. 🤣," earning roughly 133,100 likes in six hours (shown below, right).


Elon Musk @elonmusk The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens - this is their standard (despicable) playbook - but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech 11:28 PM . May 19, 2022. Twitter for iPhone 44.5K Retweets 5,437 Quote Tweets 372.7K Likes

Elon Musk Denies Allegations

On May 20th, 2022, Elon Musk responded in a thread to Twitter[15] user TaraBull808 after she voiced her support for him on May 19th. Musk essentially challenged the accuser to describe one thing about his naked body in a tweet that received roughly 20,300 likes in less than a day (shown below, left).

Humorous replies ensued, like a tweet posted by Twitter[16] user quendergeer on May 20th that quote retweeted Musk's aforementioned tweet, stating, "oh you've been sexually harassed by me? name 5 fucked up things about my dick," and earning roughly 58,300 likes in less than a day (shown below, right).


TaraBull @TaraBull808 - 17h Where were these wild accusations against @elonmusk before he took a stand against the establishment? 2,449 6,410 64.9K A Tip Elon Musk @elonmusk 14h Exactly 1,950 2,944 65.8K Tip Elon Musk @elonmusk 13h And, for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue 1,463 2,423 19.6K ↑ A Tip Elon Musk @elonmusk Replying to @elonmusk and @TaraBull808 But I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me "exposed" - describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, ...) that isn't known by the public. She won't be able to do so, because it never happened. 12:24 AM. May 20, 2022 Twitter for iPhone Crowsa Luxemburg @quendergeer oh you've been sexually harassed by me? name 5 f----- up things about my d--- Elon Musk ... @elonmusk Replying to @elonmusk and @TaraBull808 But I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me "exposed" describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, ...) that isn't known by the public. She won't be able to do so, because it never happened. 12:24 AM 5/20/22 Twitter for iPhone 1,574 Retweets 663 Quote Tweets 11.8K Likes 8:02 AM May 20, 2022 Twitter Web App

Reactions

After the story broke on May 19th, many Twitter users posted their reactions to the sexual misconduct claim. For instance, on May 19th, Twitter[11] user JoJoFromJerz posted about the breaking news, following the headline with, "I guess he really is a Republican," and earning roughly 49,800 likes in one day (shown below, left). Other Twitter users were supportive of Musk, like Twitter[12] user MsBlaireWhite, who tweeted on May 19th about how "corporate media" was "playing a game," earning roughly 13,100 likes in one day (shown below, right).


Jo @JoJoFromJerz BREAKING: Elon Musk exposed his penis to a SpaceX flight attendant, asked her for sex, and then paid her $250,000 in hush money. I guess he really is a Republican. 8:11 PM May 19, 2022. Twitter for iPhone . 873 Retweets 80 Quote Tweets 4,414 Likes Blaire White @MsBlaireWhite Yesterday, Elon Musk came out as a Republican. Today, the corporate media is calling him a sexual predator. Whether you believe the story or not, you'd be a fool to not recognize the game being played here. 9:20 PM May 19, 2022 Twitter for iPhone

Elongate Memes

Many memes about the event appeared online going into late May 2022. For instance, on May 19th, Twitter[13] user EoinHiggins_ posted a Distracted Boyfriend meme referencing Ghislaine Maxwell, earning roughly 3,600 likes in less than a day (shown below, left). On May 19th, Twitter[14] user BlackKnight10k posted a humorous tweet about the situation, earning roughly 1,400 likes in less than a day (shown below, right).


Buying a horse for the flight attendant he sexually harassed Elon Musk Ghislaine Maxwell I Smoked Chinese Hurricane Guns @Blackknight10k $250k and a brave SpaceX flight attendant are all it took to get the wealthiest man in America to finally shut the fukc up. . 11:03 PM May 19, 2022 Twitter for Android .

Various Examples


Flight attendant's kid finally explaining why he obsessively tracks Elon Musk's flights MA made with mematic Hey Baby! Wanna horse? Elon Elon Gate Elongate Elon Elongate Elon Gate KnowNothing @KnowNothingTV Replying to @elonmusk "Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It's kinda perfect. 99 AJ : Elon Musk @elonmusk Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months 12:22 PM May 18, 2022 Twitter for iPhone ● = INSIDER Newsletters Log in Subscribe US MARKETS CLOSED In the news Dow Jones -0.75% Nasdaq -0.26% S&P 500 -0.58% TSLA +1.01% 4 FB -0.3% BABA +0.41% HOME > TECH A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents show. The company paid $250,000 for her silence. Rich McHugh 44 minutes ago @ConsPostingLs ||| L Ơ Elon Musk @elonmusk 6h Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It's kinda perfect. Elon Musk @elonmusk Mar 25, 2021 If there's ever a scandal about me, *please* call it Elongate 10.4K 15.7K 144.2K Tip Eleanor's Revenge @Elloingo Replying to @elonmusk He has sexually harassed an employee 6:48 AM May 20, 2022 Twitter for Android :

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External References

[1] Business Insider – SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself…

[2] Twitter – @BusinessInsider

[3] Twitter – @nichcarlson

[4] Twitter – @elonmusk

[5] Twitter – @elonmusk

[6] Twitter – @maplecocaine

[7] Twitter – @EoinHiggins_

[8] Twitter – @elonmusk

[9] Twitter – @elonmusk

[10] Twitter – @elonmusk

[11] Twitter – @JoJoFromJerz

[12] Twitter – @MsBlaireWhite

[13] Twitter – @EoinHiggins_

[14] Twitter – @BlackKnight10k

[15] Twitter – @TaraBull808

[16] Twitter – @quendergeer

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