SpaceX president defends Elon Musk against accusations of sexual harassment

Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX.

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SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell defended Elon Musk, the company’s CEO and founderbefore the accusations of sexual harassment against him, arguing that under his command he has never seen or heard that he would star in a similar case, according to what the CNBC channel reported on Monday.

Shotwell, who in addition to being president is head of operations at Musk’s space travel company, sent an internal email to employees last Friday, to which the US media has now had access, and considered the accusation “false” based on his experience.

The businessman allegedly made a sexual proposal to a flight attendant on a SpaceX private jetwho was fired for refusing her wishes and was paid $250,000 to keep the matter secret, according to a Business Insider article last Friday, citing a friend of the woman.

“Personally, I think the accusations are false; not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked very closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard anything resembling these allegations, ”Shotwell, who refused to speak publicly about employment legal issues, opined in his defense.

After the publication of the article, Musk denied the accusations through his Twitter account, described the person who gave his testimony as a “far left activist from Los Angeles” and assured that the objective of the allegations is political and that he seeks “interfering in the purchase of Twitter”.

The tycoon of South African origin has been involved in a spiral of controversy for several weeks, when he made a first offer for the purchase of Twitter and then has had several comings and goings about the process, among persistent rumors that he plans to lower the price or resign. for sale.

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