SpaceX President/COO’s Email to Staff Praising Their Boss Doesn’t Make Musk’s Sexual Harassment Settlement Go Away

The New York Times has shared an alleged email from SpaceX President and COO Gynne Shotwell to staff regarding SpaceX’s “ongoing legal case”, the settlement between SpaceX and an employee accusing CEO Elon “Pedo Guy” Musk of sexual harassment. This email to staff is best taken with a grain of salt. Every time someone tells you, it’s not because that person is signing my paychecks, but…it’s time to listen to what they’re not saying.

Here is the most interesting part, the full email is below:

“For privacy reasons, I will never comment on legal matters involving employment issues. However, what I can share is that Elon has made a public statement via Twitter that the allegations are totally untrue. Personally, I think the allegations are untrue; not because I work for Elon, but because I’ve worked closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard anything like these allegations.”

Via the NYT:

The SpaceX team –

I want to directly address the story that mentions our company and our CEO with serious allegations. Let me be clear – SpaceX does not tolerate harassment – I say ZERO tolerance. We firmly believe that everyone at SpaceX deserves to be treated with respect. And every accusation of harassment is taken very seriously, independently of who is involved. HR thoroughly investigates all complaints that come to their attention and takes appropriate disciplinary action. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or our workplace, please contact me, your manager or your human resources representative.

Admittedly, this is a difficult topic to navigate. It’s natural to have questions and want a definitive answer. For confidentiality reasons, I will never comment on legal matters involving employment issues. However, what I can share is that Elon has made a public statement via Twitter that the allegations are completely untrue. Personally, I believe the allegations are false; not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard anything resembling these allegations. Anyone who knows Elon like me knows he would never drive or condone this alleged inappropriate behavior.

I believe SpaceX is an amazing place to work because of you. And I remain committed to making sure it’s a place where all employees can do their best.

Maybe they should just stop talking.