SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell has defended her boss Elon Musk towards allegations of sexual harassment, reportedly telling staff that she doesn’t imagine them to be true.
Ms Shotwell – the best rating lady on the firm – despatched an electronic mail to all SpaceX staff titled “The recent news story”, in keeping with information websites CNBC and The Verge, during which she defended the billionaire.
“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,” she wrote.
“Anyone who knows Elon like I do, knows he would never conduct or condone this alleged inappropriate behaviour.”
Ms Shotwell, who can be SpaceX’s chief working officer, burdened: “Every accusation of harassment is taken very seriously, regardless of who is involved. For privacy reasons I will never comment on any legal matters involving employment issues.”
The billionaire has denied the claims he sexually harassed a flight attendant on his personal jet in 2016, tweeting the declare was being made by a “liar” and that it was “utterly untrue”.
It comes as Musk expressed assist for receiving a reduction on his Twitter bid equal to the proportion of customers who’re spambots.
Business Insider reported that SpaceX made an out-of-court settlement with the flight attendant.
Shortly after the story broke, Mr Musk tweeted that his different firm, Tesla, was “building a hardcore litigation department where we directly initiate [and] execute lawsuits” and invited candidates to electronic mail him.
Speaking to Business Insider, the billionaire claimed there was “a lot more to this story” in regards to the sexual harassment and tweeted that it was a “politically motivated hit piece”.
He stated if he had been the sort of boss that was inclined to have interaction in sexual harassment, it’s unlikely the alleged occasion onboard his personal jet could be the primary time in his profession that it got here to gentle.