Billionaire Elon Musk denounced a news report that he sexually harassed a flight attendant in 2016 as "utterly untrue."
Business Insider reported on Thursday that Musk's SpaceX paid $250,000 in 2018
to settle a sexual harassment claim from an unnamed private jet flight attendant who accused Musk of exposing himself to her.
The article quoted an anonymous person who said she was a friend of the flight attendant.
The friend had provided a statement as part of the private settlement process, according to the article.
Late on Thursday Musk tweeted, "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."
Business Insider quoted the friend of the flight attendant as saying that in addition to allegedly exposing himself,
Musk rubbed the flight attendant's thigh and offered to buy her a horse if she would "do more" during an in-flight massage.
The flight attendant came to believe that her refusal to accept Musk's proposal had hurt her opportunities to work at SpaceX and prompted her to hire a lawyer in 2018, according to Business Insider.
The news report said the rocket company made the settlement out of court and included a nondisclosure agreement that prevented the flight attendant from speaking about it.