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Gov. Greg Abbott tweets, then deletes message about Elon Musk after indecent exposure scandal

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On Thursday night Insider published a story citing documents that allege tech billionaire Elon Musk indecently exposed himself to a SpaceX flight attendant during a 2016 trip aboard his Gulfstream jet. 

According to a declaration signed by a friend of the attendant, a naked Musk propositioned the woman in a private room of his plane, asking for sexual contact in return for buying the woman a horse. The attendant declined and eventually left the company in 2018 with a $250,000 severance package that came with non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements forbidding her to share info regarding the company or its leadership.

The story includes a brief statement from Musk denying the incident.

“If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light,” Musk told Insider. The SpaceX founder then took to Twitter Thursday night to deny the allegations against him, calling the “attacks” against him “despicable” and claiming they should be viewed “through a political lens.”


Responses to the news of Musk’s purported scandal have varied wildly. One figure seemingly in support of the billionaire on Thursday night was Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who tweeted—then quickly deleted—a quote tweet seemingly in support of Musk’s tweet calling the allegations against “political.” The deleted tweet was registered by Polititweet, an account that monitors and records politicians’ social media activity.

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[email protected] picked the right state to move to,” the governor wrote in the since-deleted quote tweet. 

Other Twitter users noticed and screen-capped Abbott’s message, which was liked and retweeted before being wiped from his account. Attempts to contact the governor’s office for comment on the message Friday were not immediately returned. Texas politicians as of Friday morning have largely remained publicly silent on Musk, who moved his Tesla headquarters to Austin, Texas in December and operates a SpaceX rocket testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas. 

In late April following Musk’s attempted hostile takeover of Twitter, Abbott appealed to the billionaire to bring the headquarters of the company to Texas. 

[email protected] Bring Twitter to Texas to join Tesla, SpaceX & the Boring company,” Abbott wrote.

 

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