SpaceX CEO Elon Musk participates in a postlaunch information convention contained in the Press Site auditorium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020, following the launch of the company’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell defended Elon Musk in an e-mail to staff final week, responding to sexual misconduct allegations directed on the CEO, CNBC has discovered.
“Personally, I believe the allegations to be false; not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and never seen nor heard anything resembling these allegations,” Shotwell wrote in a companywide e-mail despatched on Friday and seen by CNBC.
Musk has denied the allegations, which declare he propositioned a flight attendant on one in all SpaceX’s personal jets in 2016, calling them “wild accusations.”
In a response to Business Insider, which reported the allegations and that the flight attendant was paid $250,000 severance after confronting the corporate, Musk stated there’s “a lot more to this story,” describing it as a “politically motivated hit piece.” Neither Musk nor SpaceX’s vice chairman of the authorized division, Christopher Cardaci, denied the fee in statements to Business Insider.
Shotwell emphasised in her e-mail that she “will never comment on any legal matters involving employment issues” earlier than noting Musk publicly denied the allegations as “utterly untrue” in a tweet.
Shotwell, who’s No. 2 at SpaceX and the corporate’s high feminine govt, additionally famous within the e-mail that SpaceX has a “ZERO tolerance” coverage for harassment, including that each accusation is taken significantly and investigated, “regardless of who is involved.”
SpaceX didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for touch upon Shotwell’s e-mail.
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell
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