August 13, 2022

The Wall Road Journal says Elon Musk’s on-line assaults towards Investigations Editor Michael Siconolfi are ‘unwarranted and unfounded after the paper claimed Musk had an affair with the then-wife of Google’s co-founder. 

A Wall Road Journal spokesman instructed DailyMail.com that they had been ‘assured in our sourcing and stand by our reporting.’ WSJ additionally famous Siconolfi was ‘not a part of the enhancing staff’ for Grind and Glazer’s story.

The Tesla CEO referred to as out Siconolfi and the newspaper on Twitter after the publication of a current article claiming he had an affair with Nicole Shanahan, the estranged spouse of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

The ‘pretend hit piece’ – as Musk referred to as it – argued the alleged affair served as a catalyst for Shanahan and Brin’s divorce.

It’s unclear why Musk, 51, publicly slammed Siconolfi as reporters Kristen Grind and Emily Glazer are named as the one authors on the article.

The Tesla CEO called out Siconolfi  (pictured) and the newspaper on Twitter after the publication of a recent article claiming he had an affair with Nicole Shanahan, the estranged wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin

The Wall Road Journal says Elon Musk’s (left) on-line assaults towards Investigations Editor Michael Siconolfi (proper) are ‘unwarranted and unfounded.’ The Tesla CEO referred to as out Siconolfi and the newspaper over an article claiming he had an affair with Nicole Shanahan, the estranged spouse of Google co-founder Sergey Brin

It is unclear why Musk, 51, publicly slammed Siconolfi as reporters Kristen Grind (pictured) and Emily Glazer are named as authors on the article

Wall Street Journal Reporter Emily Glazer

It’s unclear why Musk, 51, publicly slammed Siconolfi as reporters Kristen Grind (left) and Emily Glazer (proper) are named as authors on the article

WSJ printed a narrative titled Elon Musk’s Friendship With Sergey Brin Ruptured by Alleged Affair on Monday, alleging the billionaire was romantically concerned with Shanahan, 33, at an artwork occasion in Miami Seashore final December.

The story, which cited unnamed sources ‘acquainted’ with the alleged affair, claimed there’s ‘rising rigidity’ between Musk and Brin – who’ve been associates for a few years.

WSJ’s sources additionally alleged Musk ‘dropped to 1 knee’ in entrance of Brin, 48, at a celebration earlier this yr to apologize for the affair and beg for forgiveness.

Mere hours after publication, Musk tweeted a photograph of himself partying with Brin in an effort to disprove the newspaper’s bombshell declare. 

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Replying to a publish by Siconolfi, and tagging Grind and Glazer, Musk captioned the photograph with emojis depicting lengthy pants and hearth in a playful reference to the infantile saying ‘liar, liar, pants on hearth’. 

Musk continued to indicate his aggravation with the investigations editor on Monday, tweeting that he’s making an attempt to keep away from the ‘supernova’ degree of consideration on him within the wake of the rumors concerning the alleged affair.

WSJ published a story titled Elon Musk¿s Friendship With Sergey Brin Ruptured by Alleged Affair on Monday, alleging Musk was involved with Shanahan, 33, at an art event in Miami Beach last December. Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin are pictured in November 2019

WSJ printed a narrative titled Elon Musk’s Friendship With Sergey Brin Ruptured by Alleged Affair on Monday, alleging Musk was concerned with Shanahan, 33, at an artwork occasion in Miami Seashore final December. Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin are pictured in November 2019

WSJ editor Michael Siconolfi tweeted out a link to the article on Monday

WSJ editor Michael Siconolfi tweeted out a hyperlink to the article on Monday

Elon Musk tweeted this photo in response to WSJ editor Michael Siconolfi on Monday after the paper claimed he and Brin were not on speaking terms because of the alleged affair

Elon Musk tweeted this photograph in response to WSJ editor Michael Siconolfi on Monday after the paper claimed he and Brin weren’t on talking phrases due to the alleged affair

Musk continued to show his aggravation with the investigations editor on Monday, tweeting that he's trying to avoid the 'supernova' level of attention on him in the wake of the rumors about the alleged affair

Musk continued to indicate his aggravation with the investigations editor on Monday, tweeting that he’s making an attempt to keep away from the ‘supernova’ degree of consideration on him within the wake of the rumors concerning the alleged affair

WSJ on Friday reiterated it’s standing by its story, with a spokesman for the newspaper telling DailyMail.com: ‘We’re assured in our sourcing, and we stand by our reporting.’

‘Current assaults on Michael Siconolfi are unwarranted and unfounded. Mike is a celebrated and broadly revered editor and reporter in our trade,’ the newspaper added in a further assertion.

‘He has overseen a big selection of impactful tales with integrity and excessive requirements for The Wall Road Journal over many many years. For the file, Mike was not a part of the enhancing staff for this story.’

The assertion got here after Shanahan’s lawyer instructed completely DailyMail.com that she didn’t have an affair with the Tesla founder – calling it an ‘outright lie’.

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Bryan Freedman stated: ‘Make no mistake, any suggestion that Nicole had an affair with Elon Musk shouldn’t be solely an outright lie but additionally defamatory.’

Shanahan is a Stanford-educated lawyer who works on the agency Bio-Echa, an funding agency that pours cash into initiatives like bolstering ‘reproductive longevity.’

Sergey Brin has been spotted whisking a mystery blonde away in a Tesla Thursday night after a cozy date in Malibu, California

Sergey Brin has been noticed whisking a thriller blonde away in a Tesla Thursday evening after a comfortable date in Malibu, California

Brin drove himself and his mystery blonde woman in the Tesla Model 3, worth up to $62,990 for the performance model, away from the restaurant on Thursday night

Brin drove himself and his thriller blonde lady within the Tesla Mannequin 3, price as much as $62,990 for the efficiency mannequin, away from the restaurant on Thursday evening

Musk on Wednesday tweeted that Shanahan should sue WSJ over their story

Musk on Wednesday tweeted that Shanahan ought to sue WSJ over their story

A couple of hours later, Musk continued his criticisms, adding that the 'media is a click-seeking machine dressed up as a truth-seeking machine' and said he had spoken to Brin who confirmed he had not talked to WSJ

A few hours later, Musk continued his criticisms, including that the ‘media is a click-seeking machine dressed up as a truth-seeking machine’ and stated he had spoken to Brin who confirmed he had not talked to WSJ

Musk on Wednesday tweeted that Shanahan ought to sue WSJ over their story.

He stated that as a ‘public individual,’ he himself wouldn’t be capable to win a defamation lawsuit towards a information group, however that Shanahan ought to pursue authorized motion. 

‘As a “public individual,” normal to win a defamation lawsuit towards a information org is sort of unattainable,’ he wrote. ‘They may say I’m Devil and the “supply” is their psychic! Nicole shouldn’t be a public individual, so might win. I hope she sues them.’ 

He then  added a jab at Siconolfi, writing he ‘has accomplished so many pretend hit items.’

A few hours later, Musk continued his criticisms, including that the ‘media is a click-seeking machine dressed up as a truth-seeking machine’ and stated he had spoken to Brin who confirmed he had not talked to WSJ. 

Brin and Shanahan had been married for 4 years earlier than he filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable variations as the rationale for his or her cut up. The proceedings nonetheless at the moment ongoing. 

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When the divorce proceedings had been launched, Shanahan stated: ‘I hope for Sergey and I to maneuver ahead with dignity, honesty and concord for the sake of our youngster. And we’re each working in the direction of that.’

The couple share a four-year-old daughter. 

Musk with Brin (far right) in the early 2000s. The Wall Street Journal claimed the 'affair' brought an abrupt end to the Brins' marriage and his friendship with Musk

Musk with Brin (far proper) within the early 2000s. The Wall Road Journal claimed the ‘affair’ introduced an abrupt finish to the Brins’ marriage and his friendship with Musk

Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan are shown on Lake Como in July last year. She said in January when their divorce was announced: 'I hope for Sergey and I to move forward with dignity, honesty and harmony for the sake of our child. And we are both working towards that'

Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan are proven on Lake Como in July final yr. She stated in January when their divorce was introduced: ‘I hope for Sergey and I to maneuver ahead with dignity, honesty and concord for the sake of our youngster. And we’re each working in the direction of that’

Nicole Shanahan's (pictured September 2021) told DailyMail.com in an exclusive statement: 'Make no mistake, any suggestion that Nicole had an affair with Elon Musk is not only an outright lie but also defamatory'

Nicole Shanahan’s (pictured September 2021) instructed DailyMail.com in an unique assertion: ‘Make no mistake, any suggestion that Nicole had an affair with Elon Musk shouldn’t be solely an outright lie but additionally defamatory’

The WSJ article additionally claimed that Brin was promoting off all of his pursuits in Musk’s corporations.

The pair have been associates for years, with Brin giving Musk $500,000 in 2008 to assist him fund Tesla on the peak of the World Monetary Crash.

He additionally lent Musk the Google Social gathering Aircraft for the Tesla CEO’s wedding ceremony to actress Talulah Riley in 2010.

Brin is the eighth richest man on the planet with a web price of $95 billion. 

He’s stated to personal a number of pursuits in Musk’s many companies, all of which he has ordered his aides to promote.

Brin has not but commented on the Journal’s claims, however Musk has been denying the claims in a frenzy on Twitter accusing the newspaper – which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Information Corp – of launching ‘hit items’ towards him all yr.