A year before convicted child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein hung himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York on August 10, the disgraced money manager boasted to a New York Times reporter at his East 71st Street mansion that Elon Musk once sought his help in finding a new chairman for Telsa.
Musk was in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission at the time for making inaccurate sales predictions on Twitter and was being pressured to step down as the company’s chairman. Epstein said that Musk, working through a third party, tried to recruit him as a consultant. However, Epstein also told the journalist that he couldn’t offer specifics about his work for Tesla.
“He told me that he had good reason to be cryptic: Once it became public that he was advising the company, he’d have to stop doing so, because he was ‘radioactive.’ He predicted that everyone at Tesla would deny talking to him or being his friend.”
Indeed, a Tesla rep. insisted on Monday: “It is incorrect to say that Epstein ever advised Elon on anything.”
Epstein’s shady connection to Tesla, if one ever existed, was par for the course in his curious career. While he managed to rub elbows with such rich and famous people as Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Woody Allen, Prince Andrew, and accused murderer Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Epstein seems to have had a business relationship with only one person, retail giant Leslie H. Wexner.
As Vox reports, the founder, CEO and Chairman of L. Brands—which owns Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works—was Epstein’s only publicly known client. And Wexner claims he cut ties with Epstein more than a decade ago.
A source close to Wexner, who is providing evidence to prosecutors in the ongoing case against Epstein, and the investigation into his suspected co-conspirators, also said today that Epstein misappropriated funds as the mogul’s money manager, and that the evidence will show “all sorts of irregularities and theft.”
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