Elon Musk taunted The Wall Street Journal’s Investigations Editor on Monday morning, tweeting a photo of himself partying with Sergey Brin yesterday in an effort to disprove the newspaper’s bombshell claim that Musk slept with Brin’s wife Nicole and was the 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’.
The Wall Street Journal is 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 last night, landing at 11pm last night.
Earlier, he had denied the entire Journal report, which claimed that he slept with Shanahan at Art Basel in Miami in December last year.
Google founder Sergey filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.
The pair share a four-year-old daughter.
Neither Sergey nor his estranged wife Nicole have commented on the Journal’s claims at all.
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 real problem here is that Michael Siconolfi has zero journalistic integrity.’
The pair have been friends for years, with Sergey 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.
Sergey and Nicole 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.
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