Rocket maker SpaceX’s top executive has said she “personally” believes the allegations of sexual harassment against the company’s founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, were false, according to a companywide email obtained by the New York Times.
In the email, which was sent Friday, Gwynn Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, said she had worked closely with Mr. For 20 years, Kasturi “never saw or heard anything like this.” She added, “Anyone who knows Elon, like me, knows he will never commit or forgive this alleged misconduct.”
Ms. Shotwell was addressing an article in Business Insider last week in which Mr. Musk proposed to the flight attendant for a sexual massage during a flight to London in 2016. She also exposed herself to the attendant and offered him a horse, according to the article, the details of which have not been independently verified by The New York Times.
According to Business Insider, the unidentified woman hired an employment lawyer in 2018 and sent a complaint to SpaceX’s human resources department. SpaceX settled that year, paying the woman 250,000 in exchange for a promise not to sue.
Mr. Musk said on Twitter last week that the allegations “Totally untrue,
SpaceX Event did not respond to a request for comment about Mrs. Email from Shotwell, previously reported by CNBC. Two people who saw the memo shared it with The Times.
Read Ms. Shotwell’s email to the following employees:
SpaceX Team –
I want to address a straightforward story that seriously mentions our company and CEO. Let me be clear – SpaceX does not tolerate any kind of harassment – I say zero tolerance. We firmly believe that everyone on SpaceX deserves to be treated with respect. And every allegation of harassment is taken very seriously, Regardless Who is involved. HR thoroughly investigates all claims brought to their attention and takes appropriate disciplinary action. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy or our workplace, please contact me, your manager, or your HR representative.
Admittedly this is a difficult topic to navigate. It is natural to have a question and want definite answers. For privacy reasons I will never comment on any legal matters relating to employment issues. However, what I can share is that Elon made a public statement via Twitter that it is totally untrue. Personally, I believe that is wrong; Not because I’ve worked for Elon, but because I’ve worked closely with him for over 20 years and haven’t seen or heard of anything like this for 20 years. Anyone who knows Elon, like me, knows that he will never commit or forgive this alleged misconduct.
I believe SpaceX is a great place to work because of you. And I am committed to ensuring that it is a place where all employees can do their best.