The head of the hostesses and stewards union harshly criticized Elon Musk on Friday following a report that the world’s richest man paid a SpaceX hostess $250,000 who accused him of sexual misconduct.
The allegations and the alleged severance package were first reported Thursday by Insider.
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which has 50,000 members, weighed in after Musk took to Twitter, the social media platform he is trying to buy for $44 billion , to angrily dismiss the 2016 accusations as “totally false”.
“Flight attendants aren’t just another prop on Musk’s little rocket ship,” Nelson said.
“Musk believes that money gives him the right to do whatever he pleases, regardless of rights, humanity or the protests of others,” Nelson added.
Nelson said “Musk’s alleged actions in the cabin are a stark reminder of why flight attendants first organized 76 years ago.”
“We are in the age of the worker, and we will not allow Elon Musk and his friends to continue to treat workers as second-class or disposable characters at their play station,” Nelson said.
Neither Musk nor SpaceX responded to requests for comment.
NBC News has not independently confirmed the account or obtained access to these documents.
“The fact that he required flight attendants to become licensed masseuses on their own demonstrates what we see all too often – the super rich think they own everything and have nothing to pay for it,” he said. Nelson said. “This attitude is all too common among flight attendants and is something that all workers have had to deal with since day one.”
Several hours after Insider published his Thurdsay story, Musk suggested on Twitter that the allegations were related to his plan to buy the social media platform and mocked the flight attendant’s friend as “a far-left activist/actress in Los Angeles with a major political ax to grind.
“But I challenge this liar who claims her friend saw me ‘exhibited’ — only describe one thing, anything (scars, tattoos, …) that is not publicly known. She can’t do it because it never happened,” Musk tweeted.