Shotwell defended the billionaire in an email sent to SpaceX employees last week (Picture: Reuters)
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell believes the sexual misconduct allegations against founder Elon Musk to be ‘false’.
Shotwell explicitly defended the billionaire in an email sent to SpaceX employees last week.
‘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 reportedly said in the email.
‘Anyone who knows Elon like I do, knows he would never conduct or condone this alleged inappropriate behavior,’ she added.
She went on to say that SpaceX ‘does not tolerate harassment of any kind’ and that the company takes every accusation of harassment very seriously, regardless of who is involved.
‘HR thoroughly investigates all claims that are brought to their attention and takes appropriate disciplinary action,’ Shotwell wrote in the Friday email to employees obtained by Insider.
Neither Musk nor SpaceX’s legal department have so far denied that the company gave the flight attendant a $250,000 severance payment.
Shotwell also said in the email that she would ‘never comment on any legal matters involving employment issues’.
Elon Musk has denied exposing himself to the SpaceX attendant and asking her for sex saying there is ‘a lot more to this story’, calling it a ‘politically motivated hit piece’.
‘If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light,’ Musk told Business Insider.
The unnamed woman was allegedly asked by the billionaire if she could come to his room on the plane to perform ‘a full body massage’ (Picture: TNS)
Musk also tweeted that astute observers of his many planes would know that he does not use flight attendants on them.
The woman claims the tycoon exposed himself to her, propositioned her for sex, rubbed her leg, and offered to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.
The unnamed woman was asked by the billionaire if she could come to his room on the plane to perform ‘a full body massage’, a friend of hers claimed.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to SpaceX for comment.