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Even though billionaire Elon Musk denies sexual harassment claims, Tesla shares plunge


As Tesla CEO Elon Musk meets Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the billionaire has separately denied allegations of sexual harassment of a flight attendant on a private jet in 2016, according to media reports. He called a report, which had leveled the allegations, “completely false”. Despite the remark, shares of electric car maker Tesla plunged more than 10% on Friday. In 2018, $250,000 was paid by SpaceX to settle a sexual harassment claim, Business Insider reported Thursday citing sources. The money was paid to an anonymous attendant on a private jet flight. She seems to have accused Musk of exposing himself to her.

On Twitter, Musk wrote on Thursday, “I challenge this liar who claims his friend saw me ‘exposed’ – just describe one thing, anything (scars, tattoos, …) that doesn’t is not known to the public. She will not be able to do it, because it has never happened.”

Also read: Elon Musk was accused of sexual misconduct and paid $250,000 to cover up: report

At a luxury resort in the state of Sao Paulo on Friday, SpaceX CEO Musk met with Bolsonaro to discuss connectivity and other projects in the Amazon rainforest. The meeting was organized by the Minister of Communications Fábio Faria.

In a tweet on Friday morning, Musk said, “Super excited to be in Brazil for the launch of Starlink for 19,000 unconnected schools in rural areas and Amazon’s environmental monitoring.”

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“We are counting on Elon Musk to make the Amazon known to everyone in Brazil and around the world, to show the exuberance of this region, how we preserve it, and how much harm is done to us by those who spread lies about this region. .,” Bolsonaro said.

During the event, Bolsonaro called Musk’s proposed takeover of Twitter a “breath of hope.”

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