Epstein stated he was serving to Elon Musk on Tesla chairman
Jeffrey Epstein attends Launch of RADAR MAGAZINE at Lodge QT on Might 18, 2005.
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New York Occasions columnist James Stewart wrote in a column Monday he had visited Jeffrey Epstein at his mansion in Manhattan a yr in the past, the place the alleged intercourse trafficker advised him he was serving to Elon Musk discover a new chairman for Tesla. Stewart writes each Musk and Tesla “vehemently deny” Epstein’s story, and Stewart himself expresses skepticism about it.
In a press release, a spokesperson for Elon Musk advised CNBC, “It’s incorrect to say that Epstein ever suggested Elon on something.”
The column comes two days after Epstein, who was indicted on costs of kid intercourse trafficking, died from an obvious suicide whereas in a Manhattan jail. Based on sources, Epstein hanged himself in his cell. He had reportedly been taken off suicide watch.
Stewart disclosed within the column that he had contacted Epstein as a result of he had “heard a rumor that he was advising Tesla’s embattled chief government, Elon Musk, who was in bother after asserting on Twitter that he had lined up the funding to take Tesla non-public.”
At the moment, the SEC was investigating Musk due to the now-infamous “funding secured” tweet on August 7, 2018, which moved Tesla’s inventory. Ultimately, Musk and Tesla settled the investigation by every paying a $20 million effective and agreeing to nominate a brand new chairman and three new board members.
Based on Stewart, Epstein – with out going into any element – advised him he was serving to Musk within the seek for a brand new chairman.
“I might heard that Mr. Epstein was compiling an inventory of candidates at Mr. Musk’s behest — and that Mr. Epstein had an electronic mail from Mr. Musk authorizing the seek for a brand new chairman. Mr. Musk and Tesla vehemently deny this,” Stewart wrote. Within the column, Stewart says he believes Epstein was exaggerating or making up a narrative about Musk, writing, “it appeared clear Mr. Epstein had embellished his position within the Tesla state of affairs to boost his personal significance and acquire consideration.”
Learn the complete column within the New York Occasions.