The reports by members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, of which CNN was not a part, renew global scrutiny of Uber’s most controversial days from 2013 to 2017 — a period the company has attempted to move past in recent years with new leadership. Under then-CEO and cofounder Travis Kalanick, Uber openly tussled with regulators and taxi drivers amid a cutthroat campaign of worldwide expansion.
In a wider statement to the consortium responding to a number of the reports, Devon Spurgeon, a spokesperson for Kalanick, said the former CEO “never suggested that Uber should take advantage of violence at the expense of rider safety.” Spurgeon confirmed the statement to CNN Business but declined to comment beyond it.
“We have not and will not make excuses for past behavior that is clearly not in line with our present values,” Uber spokesperson Jill Hazelbaker said in the statement, adding that 90% of Uber’s current employees arrived to the company after the leadership change.
But the leaked documents show that despite Uber’s attempts to move on from its past, the company may continue to be haunted by it far into the future.