Elon Musk’s ex-wife Talulah Riley is denying wild rumors that Ghislaine Maxwell procured her as a child bride for the Tesla CEO.
On Friday, a photo showing Musk and Maxwell at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party began circulating on social media, sparking speculation that the pair may have been friends.
Musk promptly denied knowing Maxwell, and insisted she simply ‘photobombed’ him when the image image was taken. At the time, Musk was married to Riley, leading to questions about whether she, too, was an associate of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged ‘pimp’.
Riley, 34, took to Twitter Saturday blasting the rumors in a lengthy statement, which read: ‘To my knowledge, I have never met Ghislaine Maxwell.
‘A photo of Elon and Maxwell is doing the rounds, taken at a party where I was also present. It is possible I was briefly introduced to her, but not in any way that 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 stood next to at a party.
Elon Musk’s ex-wife Talulah Riley is denying wild rumors that Ghislaine Maxwell procured her as a child bride for the Tesla CEO. The outlandish speculation was sparked after a photo of Musk and Maxwell at the 2014 Vanity Fair Party (left) resurfaced on social media. Musk and Riley are pictured together at right at the same event
Riley, 34, took to Twitter Saturday blasting the rumors in a lengthy statement, which read: ‘To my knowledge, I have never met Ghislaine Maxwell
She continued: ‘The other thing I have seen implied is that Maxwell procured me as some kind 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 a chance meeting, engineered by no one.’
However, Riley admitted that she and Musk did make a trip to the New York City townhouse of Maxwell’s confidante, Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell is accused procuring underage girls Epstein – the convicted pedophile who who killed himself in prison last year.
On Thursday, Maxwell was arrested by the FBI and charged with six federal crimes pertaining to her relationship with Epstein. The charges include enticement of minors, sex trafficking and perjury.
In her Saturday statement, Riley claimed she couldn’t recall what year she and Musk visited Epstein. Riley and Musk were married twice – from 2010 -2012, and 2013- 2016.
‘Elon and I went to Epstein’s house in NYC once as part of an itinerary of appointments. I can’t even date this to a year – we used to travel constantly for work and the situation was always pretty similar in any city/country: back-to-back meetings, a car with CPO drivers, and often a contact/ minder/ guide. This trip was no different. There was a man taking us round the city and introducing us to various people.’
Riley clarified to her followers that she had been in touch with her ex-husband prior to releasing the statement.
‘I don’t usually comment on such things, but given the truly horrific nature of what is being implied up and down my timeline today, I wanted to respond publicly with @elonmusk ’s permission. However, I speak only for myself,’ she wrote.
British-born Riley – an actress who has appeared in Westworld and Thor:The Dark World – is currently believed to be single.
Musk, meanwhile, is in a relationship with musician Grimes. The couple welcomed their first child, X Æ A-12, back in May.
Riley and Musk are pictured together in 2011. The pair were married twice – once from 2010 -2012, and a second time from 2013- 2016
Riley admitted that she and Musk did make a trip to the New York City townhouse of Maxwell’s confidante, Jeffrey Epstein. She could not recall what year the visit took place
Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest this week sparked speculation that she may reveal the names of high-profile figures whom she and the late Epstein fraternized with.
Maxwell was a close friend to Prince Andrew, who met with Epstein on many occasions. The prince and pedophile were pictured together in 2010, after Epstein was convicted for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
Bill Clinton and President Trump also socialized with Epstein and Maxwell multiplr times.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk has been adamant on not knowing Epstein or Maxwell, last year releasing a statement rejecting the notion that he had introduced the disgraced pedophile to Mark Zuckerberg during 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 to Axios – along with Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel.
‘Don’t know Ghislaine at all,’ he said in the late Thursday tweet. ‘She photobombed me once at a Vanity Fair party several years ago. Real question is why VF invited her in the first place’
The sharp rebuke comes as Maxwell – Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged madam who is accused of procuring 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 recall introducing Epstein to anyone, as I don’t know the guy well enough to do so, Epstein is obviously a creep and Zuckerberg is not a friend of mine,’ he said in a statement.
‘Several years ago, I was at his house in Manhattan for about 30 minutes in the middle of the afternoon with Talulah [Riley], as she was curious about meeting this strange person for a novel she was writing. We did not see anything inappropriate at all, apart from weird art. He tried repeatedly to get me to visit his island. I declined.’
In a 2019 statement to Vanity Fair , Musk denied having been the connecting link between Epstein and Zuckerberg during 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 spokesperson for Musk added in an emailed statement: ‘Elon never introduced Jeffrey Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg and does not know either person well enough to do so. They simply happened to be guests at a neuroscience dinner organized by Reid Hoffman.’
Maxwell’s dramatic arrest on sex-trafficking charges has raised hopes among Epstein victims that prosecutors will untangle a ‘spider web’ of rich and powerful associates of the pair.
The socialite and daughter of late British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell was seized at a $1million home in New Hampshire and later appeared in court by video-link.
She is now awaiting transfer to New York to face charges of procuring girls as young as 14 for Epstein to sexually abuse – and could even be held in the same Manhattan jail where Epstein died last year.
If convicted on all counts, Maxwell faces 35 years behind bars at a maximum. It would mean she’d be 93 by the time she’d be released.