Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of
In June, a fight broke out between two far-right groups at a gay pride festival in Oregon City. Footage of the fight circulated on social media and soon, users began falsely claiming that one of the men was a federal agent and attempting to identify him. Brody was mistakenly identified as the man in the video. Musk responded to several fake X posts about Brody, amplifying them to his more than 147 million followers at the time.
“Being smeared by someone as famous as Musk was an absolutely terrifying experience and left Ben stunned, disoriented and worried about the consequences for his future.”
On June 27, Musk responded to a post containing a video of the fight by alleging that Brody was part of a “false flag” operation. “It appears that one is a college student (who wants to join the government) and another may be a member of Antifa, but nonetheless, this is probably a false flag situation.” Musk wrote in X. At the time of publication, Musk has not deleted the post.
“Being defamed by someone as famous as Musk was an absolutely terrifying experience, and has left Ben stunned, disoriented and worried about the consequences for his future,” said Mark Bankston, Brody’s attorney. wrote in X Monday.
Bankston previously represented two Sandy Hook parents in a case against Alex Jones, the notorious conspiracy theorist who falsely spread the lie that the 2012 shooting never happened. The parents won $45 million in damages.
In the lawsuit, Brody claims that he and his family were forced to leave their home due to the harassment campaign that they say was amplified by Musk’s posts because “a large number of people” who “believed that he “He was a neo-Nazi or a neo-Nazi.” a provocateur in a ‘psychological operation’ to commit political terrorism on American soil.”