The Times story cites several unnamed former eBay employees who claim to have knowledge of the incident, but states that no one witnessed the altercation besides the two people involved. The sources said the incident was resolved via supervised mediation after Whitman tried repeatedly to reach out to Kim to apologize.
Two of the former employees allege eBay paid Kim a six-figure financial settlement, including an agreement to keep the matter confidential. One of the employees said the amount was around $200,000.
Whitman has never held elected office, but spent 10 years as chief executive of the online auction site, which grew from 30 to more than 15,000 employees under her leadership. She easily won the Republican primary last week, more than doubling the number of votes garnered by her closest challenger, businessman Steve Poizner.