Elon Musk denies newspaper report alleging affair with wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin

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Elon Musk has denied having an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife, after the the wall street journal reported that the liaison led to the Google co-founder ordering his advisers to sell his investments in Mr. Musk’s companies.

Mr. Musk, the co-founder of Tesla, allegedly had an affair in early December in Miami with Mr. Brin’s wife, Nicole Shanahan, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.

It ended the long friendship between Mr. Musk, 51, and Mr. Brin, who helped prop up the electric car maker during the 2008 financial crisis. Mr. Brin, 48, has filed for divorce from Mrs. Shanahan in January.

Mr Musk said in a post on Twitter, where he has more than 100 million followers, that the the wall street journalThe story was false, saying he had seen Mr. Brin’s wife twice in three years, both times in the presence of other people, and that there was “nothing romantic” between the two. of them.

He also added that he was still friends with Mr. Brin.

“It sucks. Sergey and I are friends and we were at a party together last night! I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with lots of other people around. Nothing romantic” , he tweeted.

The size of Mr. Brin’s personal investments in Mr. Musk’s companies is not known, and it is not clear whether there have been any sales, the newspaper said.

Mr Musk is the richest person in the world with a fortune of $242 billion (237 billion euros), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Mr. Brin is the eighth richest, with a net worth of $94.6 billion.

The alleged affair is the latest in a series of revelations about Mr Musk’s personal life. Reports earlier this year said he became the father of twins born to a senior executive at his artificial intelligence startup Neuralink.

Another of his companies, SpaceX, paid an employee $250,000 to settle a complaint that she was sexually harassed by Mr. Musk in 2016, according to Initiated.

Mr Musk said the accusations were “totally false” and designed to interfere with his acquisition of Twitter, a deal he is now trying to get out of.

Mr. Musk’s affair with Ms. Shanahan took place in December at Art Basel in Miami, and Mr. Musk at another event asked Mr. Brin for forgiveness, according to the the wall street journal.

Mr. Brin and Ms. Shanahan are currently negotiating a settlement, with Ms. Shanahan seeking more than $1 billion, the the wall street journal said, even if there is a prenuptial agreement.

Meanwhile, Tesla has increased its capital spending plan by billions of dollars after Mr Musk called the automaker’s new factories “gigantic money furnaces”.

The revised plan was revealed in a filing that also disclosed details of the electric vehicle maker’s Bitcoin sales and another subpoena from securities regulators related to Mr. Musk’s 2018 tweet about the privatization of You’re here.

Tesla said it received the June 13 subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding its compliance with an agreement to oversee Mr. Musk’s tweets.

It was the second subpoena issued by the SEC in months over the company’s handling of its CEO’s social media posts after he claimed in 2018 that he secured funding to take Tesla private.

• Bloomberg

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