Elon Musk is doing his best Mariah Carey, and making clear he “don’t know her.”
The “her” in question, of course, is Ghislaine Maxwell, known as Jeffrey Epstein’s “pimp,” and with whom he appeared in a recently-resurfaced photo.
Musk immediately denied knowing her, claiming she “photo-bombed” him at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party .
His quick denouncement of Maxwell is, perhaps, the smartest thing he could have done.
Elon Musk is many things—controversial and unusual being chief amongst them—but a liar is not on that list.
So, when he says something, we can take him at his word–even if we don’t necessarily like that “word” at the moment.
Just a few days after Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire in connection with her role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, a photo of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, together with the SpaceX founder, appeared on the Internet.
The photo was taken at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party, an annual event where the who’s who hobnob with the Hollywood elite. What’s more, the photo was taken just six years after Epstein pleaded guilty to procuring an underage girl for prostitution in Florida—making the picture all the more garish.
But Elon Musk was quick to make clear that he had absolutely nothing to do with Ghislaine Maxwell—not then, and not now.
Musk may not know Ghislaine Maxwell, but there are still plenty of other people who have to answer for their affiliation with both her and Jeffrey Epstein. This is true whether they directly engaged in sexual acts with these underage girls, or not.
Bill Gates’ business ties to Epstein didn’t seem to go any further than “just business,” even after the Microsoft founder learned of his past. (Gates called the affiliation “a mistake in judgment. “) Prince Andrew, on the other hand, did a lot worse with Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
So these men, and many more—including Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump—have a lot to answer for. Elon Musk, however, is not one of those men.