Elon Musk’s ex-wife, Talulah Riley, denies wild rumors that Ghislaine Maxwell bought her as a child bride for Tesla’s CEO.
On Friday, a photo of Musk and Maxwell at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party started circulating on social media, sparking speculation that the pair might be friends.
Musk promptly denied that he knew Maxwell and insisted that she just ‘photo bomb’ him when the image was taken. At the time, Musk was married to Riley, which led to the question of whether she was also an employee of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged ‘pimp.’
34-year-old Riley took the rumors on Twitter in a lengthy statement on Saturday, which read: ‘As far as I know, I never met Ghislaine Maxwell.
“A photo of Elon and Maxwell doing the rounds, taken at a party where I was also present. It is possible that I was introduced to her briefly, but in no way I can remember. Elon and I met thousands of people over the course of our relationship. There will be countless photos of Elon with people he doesn’t know / happened to be at a party.
Elon Musk’s ex-wife, Talulah Riley, denies wild rumors that Ghislaine Maxwell bought her as a child bride for Tesla’s CEO. The bizarre speculation arose after a photo of Musk and Maxwell reappeared on social media during the Vanity Fair Party 2014 (left). Musk and Riley are pictured right together at the same event
Riley, 34, took to Twitter on the rumors on Saturday in a lengthy statement that read: ‘As far as I know, I never met Ghislaine Maxwell
She continued, “The other thing I’ve seen is that Maxwell bought me as a sort of child bride for Elon. Again, I don’t know Maxwell. Elon and I met when I was twenty-two and he was on a business trip to London. It was an accidental meeting, not thought up by anyone. ‘
However, Riley admitted that she and Musk had taken a trip to the New York City mansion of Maxwell’s confidant, Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell is accused of purchasing underage girls Epstein – the convicted pedophile who killed himself in prison last year.
Maxwell was arrested by the FBI on Thursday and charged with six federal crimes related to her relationship with Epstein. The charges included seducing minors, sex trafficking and perjury.
In her statement on Saturday, Riley claimed she couldn’t remember the year she and Musk Epstein had visited. Riley and Musk have been married twice – from 2010-2012 and 2013-2016.
“Elon and I once went to Epstein’s house in NYC as part of an itinerary with appointments. I can’t even date this for a year – we were constantly traveling for work and the situation was always fairly similar in any city / country: back-to-back meetings, a car with CPO drivers and often a contact / babysitter / guide. This journey was no different. There was a man who took us around the city and introduced us to different people. ‘
Riley made it clear to her followers that she had been in contact with her ex-husband before she released the statement.
“I don’t usually comment on such things, but given the really horrifying nature of what’s up and down in my timeline today, I wanted to respond publicly with permission from @elonmusk. However, I only speak for myself, ”she wrote.
British-born Riley – an actress who has appeared in Westworld and Thor: The Dark World – is currently considered a single.
Musk meanwhile has a relationship with musician Grimes. The couple welcomed their first child, X Æ A-12, in May.
Riley and Musk are pictured together in 2011. The couple married twice – once from 2010-2012 and a second time from 2013-2016
Riley admitted that she and Musk had taken a trip to the New York City mansion of Maxwell’s confidant, Jeffrey Epstein. She couldn’t remember what year the visit took place
Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest this week sparked speculation that she could reveal the names of high-profile figures with whom she and the late Epstein were twinned.
Maxwell was a close friend of Prince Andrew, who had met Epstein many times. The prince and pedophile were photographed together in 2010, after Epstein was convicted of asking a minor for prostitution.
Bill Clinton and President Trump have also had multiple contacts with Epstein and Maxwell.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk was adamant for not knowing Epstein or Maxwell, last year with a statement dismissing the idea that he introduced the disgraced pedophile to Mark Zuckerberg at a private dinner in 2015.
The August 2015 dinner in Palo Alto was hosted by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. Hoffman invited Epstein – at the request of MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, he explained Axios – together with Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel.
“I don’t know Ghislaine at all,” he said in the late tweet on Thursday. “She bombed me at a Vanity Fair party a few years ago. The real question is why VF invited her at all ‘
The sharp rebuke comes when Maxwell – Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged lady accused of buying young girls for him – was arrested on charges of sex trafficking and perjury
In a 2019 statement to Vanity Fair, Musk denied having been the connecting link between Epstein and Zuckerberg.
“I don’t remember introducing Epstein to anyone because I don’t know the man well enough to do that, Epstein is clearly a creep, and Zuckerberg is no friend of mine,” he said in a statement.
“A few years ago, I spent about 30 minutes at Talulah in his Manhattan home in the mid-afternoon [Riley]because she was curious about meeting this strange person for a novel she was writing. We haven’t seen anything inappropriate at all, other than weird art. He repeatedly tried to visit his island. I declined. ‘
In a 2019 Vanity Fair statement, Musk denied having been the connecting link between Epstein and Zuckerberg at a party hosted by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman
Hoffman invited Epstein – at the request of MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, he explained to Axios – along with Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel.
A Musk spokesperson added in an email statement: Elon never introduced Jeffrey Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg, and neither of them knows well enough to do so. They were just guests at a neuroscience dinner hosted by Reid Hoffman. ‘
Maxwell’s dramatic arrest for sex trafficking allegations has raised Epstein victims’ hope that prosecutors will untangle a “spider’s web” of the couple’s rich and powerful associates.
The socialite and daughter of the late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell was confiscated in a $ 1 million house in New Hampshire and later appeared in court via a video link.
She is now waiting for a transfer to New York to be accused of having girls aged 14 and over for Epstein for sexual abuse – and could even be held in the same Manhattan prison where Epstein died last year.
If convicted on all counts, Maxwell will be behind bars for up to 35 years. It would mean she would be 93 by the time she was released.