- SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell defended Elon Musk in allegations of sexual harassment.
- A top female executive said she didn’t believe the claims about Musk first reported by Insider.
- In a company-wide email obtained by CNBC, Shotwell said he would “never” comment on the legal matter.
SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell defended him in an employee email after insider reports that the company paid SpaceX crewmembers $250,000 in 2018 after alleged Musk had exposed him and offered sex in an employee email last week.
“I want to make it clear that SpaceX does not tolerate harassment of any kind. I have zero tolerance. We firmly believe that everyone at SpaceX deserves respect. And all accusations of harassment should be directed to those involved. Regardless, HR Shotwell said in a Friday email to employees obtained by Insider that all allegations brought to their attention will be thoroughly investigated and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
“Personally, I think these claims are false, not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and I have never seen or heard anything similar to these claims,” she said. “Anyone who knows Elon like me knows that he will not perform or tolerate such inappropriate behavior.”
Musk denied allegations of sexual harassment against Insider last week, saying “there’s more to this story” and that it’s “a politically motivated hit.”
“If I was prone to sexual harassment, this wouldn’t be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it came to light,” he wrote.
Musk and SpaceX’s legal department did not deny that the company paid the crew a $250,000 severance pay.
In an email Shotwell sent to employees, she said she would “not comment on any legal issues related to employment issues.”
SpaceX did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on Shotwell’s email.
A friend of the flight attendant told Insider that Musk had asked to come into his room for a “full body massage” on a plane in late 2016. When she arrived, the crew found Musk “completely naked except for the sheet covering her lower body.” According to a proclamation that her friend signed to support the flight attendant’s claims and shared with Insider, the flight attendant said Musk had “exposed her genitals,” then touched her and said, “I’ll buy her a horse if she does ‘more’.” proposed,” he said. “
According to the manifesto, the operator refused and continued the massage. The flight attendant told her friend that her job opportunities began to decline after she turned down Musk’s offer. In 2018, the flight attendant hired a hiring attorney and sent a complaint to SpaceX’s Human Resources department describing the case.
According to Insider’s previously reported story, the company quickly resolved the complaint after a mediation session that Musk personally attended and agreed to pay her $250,000 in exchange for a promise from her attendant that she would not sue the claim. I did.
Female SpaceX employees also complained about the sexual harassment culture within the company in the past. In December, former SpaceX engineer Ashley Kosak wrote It’s unclear whether Musk was at all involved or aware of Kosak’s allegations, but she said she “had had to bring various sexist incidents to HR.”