Microsoft confirmed that Bill Gates was warned for “inappropriate emails” to an employee in 2008.
The company asked him to stop the messages. Still, it did not take other measures because there was no physical interaction between the two, and the executive promised that he would comply with the request.
Microsoft executives warned Bill Gates in 2008 to stop sending inappropriate emails to an employee but backed off when he told them he would stop, the company revealed Monday.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that Brad Smith – then Microsoft’s chief legal officer and now its president and vice president – and another executive met with Gates when the company hired a mid-level employee. Discover flirt emails
The newspaper reported that Gates did not refuse to exchange emails. Members of Microsoft’s board of directors, who were notified of the situation, declined to comment further as there was no physical contact between Gates and the employee.
Microsoft declined to comment on Monday, except to confirm the information released in the newspaper. Smith did not return a request for comment made through the company.
A company spokesman told AFP that Microsoft had nothing but confirmation of the accuracy of the WSJ report.
Despite confirmation from Microsoft, Gates’ private office said in a written statement that the allegations were false, that rumors were being recycled from sources that were not directly known, and that there were significant conflicts of interest in some cases. He declined to comment further.
The 2008 warning came more than a decade ago when the same exercise allegedly ordered the company to hire a law firm in 2019 to investigate an engineer’s letter that was leaked to Gates. Claimed sex for years.
The investigation was launched before Gates left Microsoft’s board of directors last year. Still, it wasn’t until Bill Gates, and Melinda French Gates announced that they had decided to end their 27-year marriage in May.
The divorce was finalized in August. They both continue to run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In August, in his first public appearance since his divorce, Gates acknowledged that his relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of pedophilia and pimping, was “a huge mistake” and that the end of his marriage to Melinda French Gates was “definitely a very sad moment.”
According to The New York Times, on at least a few occasions, Gates harassed women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The version indicates that in 2006 the executive invited a Microsoft employee to dinner, writing in an email: “If this bothers you, pretend it never happened,” according to the Times.
A woman who worked for the Gates Foundation also told the newspaper that Gates had invited her to dinner in 2007 or 2008. A Gates spokesman acknowledged that there was an issue about 20 years ago that ended amicably.