Elon Musk says Nicole Shanahan should sue the Wall Street Journal for their story claiming that she cheated on Sergey Brin with him and calls the story another ‘hit piece.’
The Tesla CEO tweeted on Wednesday that as a ‘public person,’ he himself would not be able to win a defamation lawsuit against a news organization, but that Shanahan should sue.
On Sunday the Wall Street Journal claimed Musk slept with Sergey Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan, 33, that served as a catalyst for their divorce.
Elon Musk says Nicole Shanahan should sue the Wall Street Journal for their story claiming that she cheated on Sergey Brin with him and calls the story another ‘hit piece’
Elon Musk tweeted this photo in response to a Wall Street Journal editor on Monday after the paper claimed he and Sergey Brin were not on speaking terms because of Musk’s apparent affair with Brin’s wife
On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal published a story claiming that Elon Musk slept with Sergey Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan, 33, (pictured)
Musk, 51, then tweeted a photo of himself partying with Brin, 48, mere hours later in an effort to disprove the newspaper’s bombshell claim.
Now Musk says Shanahan should sue the WSJ for their claims.
‘As a “public person,” standard to win a defamation lawsuit against a news org is almost impossible,’ he wrote. ‘They could say I’m Satan and the “source” is their psychic! Nicole is not a public person, so could win. I hope she sues them.’
Musk added a jab at WSJ Investigations Editor Michael Siconolfi, writing that the reporter ‘has done so many fake hit pieces.’
A couple of hours later, Musk wrote that the ‘media is a click-seeking machine dressed up as a truth-seeking machine’ and said he had spoken to Sergey who confirmed he had not talked to the WSJ.
Nicole Shanahan’s lawyer came out swinging this week and denied his client had an affair with Elon Musk.
‘Make no mistake, any suggestion that Nicole had an affair with Elon Musk is not only an outright lie but also defamatory,’ attorney Bryan Freedman told DailyMail.com in an exclusive statement.
Divorce negotiations between Shanahan and Brin are ongoing.
Musk continued to show his aggravation with The Wall Street Journal’s investigations editor on Monday, tweeting that he’s trying to avoid the ‘supernova’ level of attention on him in the wake of rumors he slept with the co-founder of Google’s wife.
He tweeted a photo of himself partying with Sergey Brin on Sunday in an effort to disprove the newspaper’s bombshell claim that he slept with Brin’s wife, Nicole, and that it served as a catalyst for their divorce.
Musk wrote that the ‘media is a click-seeking machine dressed up as a truth-seeking machine’ and said he had spoken to Sergey who confirmed he had not talked to the WSJ
On Sunday the Wall Street Journal claimed Musk had an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan that served as a catalyst for their divorce
Replying to Investigations Editor Michael Siconolfi, Musk shared the photo and long with pants and fire emojis in a playful reference to the childish saying ‘liar, liar, pants on fire.’
Shanahan is a Stanford-educated lawyer who works at the firm Bio-Echa, an investment firm that pours money into projects like bolstering ‘reproductive longevity.’
The billionaire Tesla CEO continued to bemoan the coverage Monday evening, tweeting: ‘The amount of attention on me has gone supernova, which super sucks. Unfortunately, even trivial articles about me generate a lot of clicks.’
‘Will try my best to be heads down focused on doing useful things for civilization,’ he added.
Musk has been critical on social media of the Wall Street Journal’s reporting, particularly the outlet’s Investigations Editor Michael Siconolfi, who he claimed has been behind numerous ‘hit pieces’
The Wall Street Journal said it was standing by its story, which claims Musk and Shanahan were romantically involved at Art Basel in December last year, and that it not only chilled Musk’s friendship with Sergey, but served as the catalyst for their divorce.
‘We are confident in our sourcing, and we stand by our reporting,’ a spokesman for the newspaper told DailyMail.com.
Musk’s photo shows him standing with Sergey and two other women. It’s unclear where exactly it was taken – Musk was last seen in Mykonos last week – but his jet flew from Austin, where he lives, to San Jose on Saturday. It flew back to Austin on Sunday, landing at 11 p.m.
Attorney Bryan Freedman told DailyMail.com in an exclusive statement, ‘Make no mistake, any suggestion that Nicole had an affair with Elon Musk is not only an outright lie but also defamatory’
Earlier, he had denied the entire Journal report, which claimed he slept with Shanahan at Art Basel in Miami last December.
Google founder Brin filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.
The couple share a four-year-old daughter.
Brin has not yet commented on the Journal’s claims.
Musk has, however, been on a Twitter frenzy, accusing the newspaper – which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp – of launching ‘hit pieces’ against him all year.
‘WSJ should be running stories that actually matter to their readers and have solid factual basis, not third-party random hearsay.
The character assassination attacks have reached a new level this year, but the articles are all nothing-burgers. I work crazy hours, so there just isn’t much time for shenanigans.
Google founder Brin filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. Pictured: Brin with Nicole Shanahan in 2018
‘None of the key people involved in these alleged wrongdoings were even interviewed!’
‘The real problem here is that Michael Siconolfi has zero journalistic integrity.’
Siconolfi hasn’t responded.
The article also claimed that Brin was selling off all of his interests in Musk’s companies.
The pair have been friends for years, with Brin giving Musk $500,000 in 2008 to help him fund Tesla at the peak of the Global Financial Crash.
He also lent Musk the Google Party Plane for the Tesla CEO’s wedding to actress Talulah Riley in 2010.
Brin and Shanahan were married for four years before he filed for divorce in January. He is the eighth richest man in the world with a net worth of $95billion.
Brin is said to own multiple interests in Musk’s many businesses, all of which he has ordered his aides to sell.
When the divorce proceedings were launched in January, Nicole told Puck: ‘I hope for Sergey and I to move forward with dignity, honesty and harmony for the sake of our child. And we are both working towards that.’