SpaceX president extend support to Elon Musk against sexual harassment allegation: Report
- SpaceX allegedly paid $250,000 in 2018 to settle a sexual harassment claim from an unnamed private jet flight attendant
- Musk, CEO of SpaceX, has denied the report of harassment
- The friend had provided a statement as part of the private settlement process.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell on Monday defended Elon Musk against a sexual misconduct allegation that he has denied.
According to Business Insider, Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX paid as many as $250,000 in 2018 to settle a sexual harassment claim from an unnamed private jet flight attendant who accused Musk of exposing himself to her.
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"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 an email to employees last week, according to the CNBC report.
Musk, CEO of SpaceX, has denied the report of harassment, calling the person who made the claim a liar.
The Business Insider article quoted an anonymous person who said she was a friend of the flight attendant. The friend had provided a statement as part of the private settlement process.
SpaceX and Shotwell could not immediately be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, SpaceX is aiming to raise $1.7 billion in new investment, a significant undertaking as its controversial founder Elon Musk continues to create headlines.
CNBC stated the space travel pioneer would pay $70 per share, citing a company-wide email acquired by the network. This is a 25% increase over the $56 per share the shares sold for in February after a stock split.
That would value the 20-year-old corporation at $127 billion, making it the first private enterprise to take astronauts into space, among many other firsts.