Musk had affair with intern later hired by SpaceX, asked another employee to have his babies: WSJ

Elon Musk’s alleged affairs with various women at his company were the focus of a new report claiming he asked one employee to bear his children.

The Wall Street Journal’s article, “Elon Musk’s Boundary-Blurring Relationships With Women At SpaceX,” takes readers on a closer look at the billionaire’s eyebrow-raising personal relationships with the father of 10 who “had sex with an employee and a former intern, and asked a woman at his company to have his babies.”

The article is based on interviews with more than 48 people, including former employees and the friends and families of the women allegedly involved.

One woman, a former SpaceX intern who met Musk when she was in college, allegedly had sex with the Tesla CEO and was later hired to his executive team. A second woman also had a sexual relationship with Musk while a third, who refused to bear his children, was denied a raise and had her job performance criticized.

The report comes as California’s civil rights agency investigates SpaceX over the company allegedly discriminating against women and retaliating against any employees who raised concerns.

A sworn affidavit provided by a law firm to the WSJ showed the former intern had said, “Elon tried to rekindle our relationship prior to my employment, and I rejected the advance. While there was some initial awkwardness, it was nothing out of the ordinary after a rejection.”

She was even reportedly flown to a resort in Sicily and denied that she ever had a “romantic relationship” with Musk, who is 20 years her senior. Her feelings about the job at SpaceX “were completely unrelated to any romantic or personal interactions with Elon Musk,” she claimed in the affidavit.

“I came into a very difficult role as a newcomer into an established company,” she said, recounting that Musk would often tell her to “come by” his home.

The billionaire, who also shares twins with another SpaceX employee, Shivon Zilis, reportedly had a month-long sexual relationship with another female employee in 2014. She signed a nondisclosure agreement when she departed the company but not before being accused by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell of having an affair with her husband.

“Shotwell told the HR department at SpaceX that she wanted the woman removed from the office of the chief executive,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“[Shotwell] has 100% sabotaged my future at a company I love, and I am not safe in any position,” the woman reportedly said in a September 2014 email to a friend. “This position is killing me and it has [affected] my mental and now physical health.”

The Journal reported that Musk and the employee “saw each other again at his house in mid-December 2014, after Musk’s children were put to bed, according to text messages the woman shared with a friend at the time.”

“In bed the next morning, Musk promised the woman Tesla stock for unpaid work she’d done for him at the carmaker and in his personal life, she told a person close to her,” according to the WSJ. “Musk told the woman that if the relationship ever became public, they’d have to say it started after she left the company, the woman later told that person and another friend.”

He later reportedly paid her $85,000 in cash.

“The untruths, mischaracterizations, and revisionist history in your email paint a completely misleading narrative,” Shotwell said in a statement to the Journal. “I continue to be amazed by what this extraordinary group of people are achieving every day even amidst all the forces acting against us. And Elon is one of the best humans I know.”

Frieda Powers

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