SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell stepped up to defend world’s richest man and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in the wake of recent sexual misconduct allegations. Shotwell says she’s never seen that kind of behavior in the 20 years she has worked with Musk.
Her remarks were made in an internal email.
“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 wrote.
In a response to Business Insider, which reported the allegations and that the flight attendant was paid $250,000 severance after confronting the company, Musk said there is “a lot more to this story,” describing it as a “politically motivated hit piece.” Neither Musk nor SpaceX’s vice president of the legal department, Christopher Cardaci, denied the payment in statements to Business Insider.
Shotwell emphasized in her email that she “will never comment on any legal matters involving employment issues” before noting Musk publicly denied the allegations as “utterly untrue” in a tweet.