Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is facing a growing number of questions about his tweets and other public statements, as the company struggles to answer allegations that he sexually harassed women in the workplace.
According to the New York Times, Kalanik tweeted on Friday that he was not the first person to contact him about the issue, that he is “not a sexist man,” and that he has a long history of sexual harassment.
“I am not a sexist, I’m a decent human being, and I never made a decision about a person based on their race, their religion, their sex, their sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics that would make me think otherwise,” Kalanitch said.
“That is why I did not make a decision on a woman based on her race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any personal characteristics.
If I did, I would have had to take a look at it myself.”
While the allegations against Kalanicks father are serious, he has been cleared by investigators of any wrongdoing and his defense team has said he is a victim of false accusations.
Kalanack has since deleted his Twitter account.
Uber has faced growing pressure to answer for its past behavior, which included sexual harassment claims against several female employees, and accusations that the company had a policy of “sexually harassing” female employees.
Uber CEO Travis Bayless said on Friday he is taking his time to think about the issues, adding that he would make a “thorough assessment” of what he can learn from the investigation.
“We are taking our time and I have confidence in my team to come up with the right answers for this,” he said.
“We will have an assessment of this matter, I will make a thorough assessment and I will come up in a way that makes sure that we get to the bottom of it.”
Kalanick’s defenders have said that while the CEO has had some problems with his personal life in the past, he is still a man of his word and is a man who respects women.
Uber is still reeling from revelations about a number of other women who accused the company of inappropriate behavior.
Earlier this month, the company announced it would be launching an internal investigation into two former employees who had filed sexual harassment complaints against Kalonick, but Kalanis defense team says they are not going to pursue charges.
“He is not a sex offender, he did not commit a crime, and he is not responsible for what happened in the car,” Kalaniks attorney Michael Avenatti told the New Yorker.