SpaceX fires employees after an internal letter criticized CEO Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk attended a press conference after the launch of the Press Site auditorium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020, following the launch of the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.

NASA / Kim Shiflet

SpaceX fires at least five employees involved in distributing letter across company criticizing CEO Elon Musktwo people familiar with the company told CNBC.

The open letter, first reported by On the edge, was distributed and signed by an unknown number of SpaceX employees earlier this week. According to media reports, the letter was addressed to company executives, citing recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Musk and describing the billionaire’s public behavior as a “frequent source of distraction and embarrassment” for SpaceX employees.

Musk is the controlling shareholder of the private company, and he owns about 78% of SpaceX’s voting shares last year.

President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX Gwyn Shotwell recently defended Musk in light of allegations of misconductwhich were reports Business Insiderwriting to employees last month that he thought “the allegations were false”.

New York Times for the first time announced the launches of SpaceX. SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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