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Microsoft confirms it warned Bill Gates about inappropriate emails to an employee

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The executives of Microsoft warned in 2008 to Bill Gates to stop sending flirty emails to an employee, but they dropped the matter when he told them he would stop, the company revealed Monday.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that Brad Smith – then Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft and now its president and vice president – and another executive met with Gates after the company discovered inappropriate emails addressed to a mid-level employee.

The newspaper reported that Gates did not deny the mail exchanges, and the members of the board of directors of Microsoft, who were informed of the situation, refused to take further action because there was no physical interaction 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.

The private office of Gates said in a written statement that “These claims are false, recycled rumors from sources that have no direct knowledge and, in some cases, have major conflicts of interest.” He declined to comment further.

This 2008 warning came more than a decade before alleged similar behavior led the company to hire a law firm in 2019 to investigate a letter from an engineer who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Gates during several years.

That investigation preceded the departure of Gates of Microsoft’s board of directors last year, but it didn’t come out until Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates announced in May that they had decided to end their 27-year marriage. The divorce was finalized in August. They both continue to run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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