PALO ALTO – Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), said late on Sunday on Twitter that he and Google co-founder Sergey Brin remain friends and denied a report that he had an affair with Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan.
Musk’s tweets followed a Wall Street Journal report citing unnamed sources that said he had a brief affair with Shanahan. According to the paper, the affair prompted Brin to file for divorce from Shanahan earlier this year, effectively ending the tech billionaires’ long friendship.
Musk responded to the report by tweeting, “Sergey and I are friends who attended a party last night! I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times in large groups. Nothing romantic here.”
Outside of regular business hours, Tesla and Google, whose parent company is Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
Reuters was unable to reach Brin or Shanahan for comment immediately. Brin’s lawyer declined to comment to the WSJ, and Shanahan did not respond to the paper’s requests for comment.
Brin filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences,” the Journal said, quoting records it said were filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Reuters wasn’t able to determine independently whether divorce papers have been filed.
In its report, the WSJ also said Brin instructed his advisers to sell personal investments in Musk’s companies after he came to know about the affair. The paper said it wasn’t able to determine how large those investments were, nor whether any sales were made.
The Wall Street Journal did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment on Musk’s denial of the report outside of regular U.S. business hours. – Reuters