SpaceX employees reportedly wrote a letter criticizing Elon Musk, calling his behavior 'a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us'

SpaceX employees reportedly wrote a letter criticizing Elon Musk, calling his behavior 'a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us'
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon MuskREUTERS/Steve Nesius
  • SpaceX employees reportedly wrote a letter to leadership calling for Elon Musk to be held accountable.
  • The workers said Musk's recent behavior is a "source of distraction and embarrassment," The Verge reports.

SpaceX employees reportedly penned an open letter to SpaceX condemning Elon Musk's recent behavior online as well as an allegation of sexual harassment against the CEO, according to a report from The Verge.

"Elon's behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks," the letter said, per The Verge, which obtained a copy of the document.

Musk and a spokesperson for SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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SpaceX workers can either sign the document publicly or anonymously and it will eventually be sent to SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, The Verge reported.

The letter was shared with over 2,600 employees on Wednesday in an internal chat, the publication said. The news outlet noted that at this time it is unclear how many employees have signed the letter. Though, the letter said "Employees across the spectra of gender, ethnicity, seniority, and technical roles have collaborated" on it.


The letter said that Musk's behavior has violated the company's "No Asshole" and "Zero Tolerance" policies, which addresses behavior that is deemed inappropriate.

Musk has long been known for his antics on Twitter. In recent months, the SpaceX CEO has done everything from publicly decry the Democratic party to announce on Twitter that the party would launch a "dirty tricks campaign" against him.

The latter tweet came just hours after the richest man in the world was notified that Insider was planning to publish a report that SpaceX paid a former flight attendant $250,000 after she accused Musk of sexually harassing her. Musk told Insider at the time that there was "a lot more to the story," but later joked about the allegations on Twitter.

"If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light," he told Insider at the time.

When the allegations were first reported, Shotwell expressed support for her boss in a companywide email in which she said she believed the CEO would "never conduct or condone this alleged inappropriate behavior."


In the letter, the SpaceX employees suggest three ways Musk's behavior could be addressed: the company could "condemn Elon's harmful Twitter behavior," "hold all leadership equally accountable," and more clearly define and enforce SpaceX's "No Asshole" and "Zero Tolerance" policies, The Verge reported.

Read the full letter on The Verge's website.

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