SpaceX President Defends Elon Musk Against Sexual Harassment Claims

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has defended her boss Elon Musk against claims of sexual harassment that were revealed by a Business Insider report last week.

According to The Verge and CNBC, Shotwell, who joined the spacecraft company in 2002, sent an email to all SpaceX employees titled “the recent news story”, in which she defended Musk: 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.”

“Anyone who knows Elon like I do, knows he would never conduct or condone this alleged inappropriate behavior.”

Business Insider reported that SpaceX made an out-of-court settlement with a flight attendant, who claimed that, in 2016, she had been sexually propositioned by the SpaceX CEO in his private cabin during a company flight to London.

In response to the report, Musk said there is “a lot more to this story.”

“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 said.

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