Former politician and director Neelie Kroes informed NRC in a response by e-mail that she "dissociated herself completely" from Ligea Wells' statements. “The presumptuous insinuations made by the person you interviewed are completely false and defamatory.” "In my opinion, this kind of activity fits better with the tabloid press than with a self-respecting newspaper like the NRC."
The article what appeared in NRC last weekend caused quite a stir. A spokesman for Uber says that the company "is a completely different company today than it was eight years ago, when Ligea Wells worked on the team led by Mark MacGann. Since the arrival of our new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber has left an era of confrontation and is now focusing on constructive collaboration.”
Between 2014 and 2017, Ligea Wells arranged everything as a management assistant at Uber's head office in Amsterdam. She is currently involved in a lawsuit with the taxi company. In it she demands 120.000 euros for unpaid overtime during that period. She lost the case, but has appealed.
Twenty minutes after authorities raided Uber's Amsterdam office in April 2015, Lilea Wells' computer screen mysteriously went black. The executive assistant typed in a text message to alert her boss of another strange occurrence on an already eventful day. “Please hit the kill switch ASAPKalanick had emailed, ordering a subordinate to block office laptops and other devices from Uber's internal systems. “Access must be closed in AMS”, referring to Amsterdam.