The chief executive of rocket maker SpaceX said he “personally” believed the allegations of sexual harassment against the company’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, were false, according to a company-wide letter obtained by The New York Times.
In an email sent Friday, Gwyn Shotwell, SpaceX president and chief operating officer, said he had worked closely with Mr. Musk for 20 years and had “never seen or heard of any such allegations.” He added: “Anyone who knows Elon as well as I do knows that he would never have acted or forgiven this alleged misconduct.”
Ms Shotwell quoted a Business Insider article last week as saying that Musk had offered a sexual massage to a flight attendant during a flight to London in 2016. , Details of which were not independently verified by The New York Times.
According to Business Insider, the unidentified woman hired an employment lawyer in 2018 and filed a complaint with SpaceX’s human resources department. SpaceX settled late that year, paying the woman $ 250,000 in exchange for a promise not to sue.
Mr Musk said on Twitter last week that there were “allegations”Completely infallible. ”
A SpaceX spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on Ms. Shotveli’s e-mail, which was previously reported by CNBC. Two people who saw the memorandum shared it with The Times.
Read Ms. Shotveli’s email to staff below:
I would like to address directly the story in which our company and CEO are mentioned with serious allegations. Let me be clear – SpaceX does not tolerate any kind of harassment – I say zero tolerance. We firmly believe that everyone at SpaceX deserves to be treated with respect. And all allegations of harassment are taken very seriously, despite Who is involved. HR thoroughly investigates all claims that are the focus of their attention and takes appropriate disciplinary action. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or our workplace, please contact me, your manager or your HR representative.
True, this is a difficult topic to navigate. It is natural to ask questions and want a final answer. For privacy reasons, I will never comment on any legal issues relating to employment matters. However, what I can share with you is that Elon made a public statement via Twitter that the allegations were completely untrue. Personally, I believe the allegations are false; Not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard of such allegations. Anyone who knows Elon as well as me knows that he will never behave and will not forgive this alleged inappropriate behavior.
I believe SpaceX is an unusual place to work because of you. I remain committed to ensuring that this is a place where every employee can do their best job.