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Ghislaine Maxwell asked Elon Musk ‘to destroy internet’, report claims

Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in jail

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Ghislaine Maxwell asked Elon Musk “to destroy the internet” after asking the world’s richest man if it was possible to be removed from the web. The Tesla Chief Executive is reported to have been quizzed by the disgraced British socialite at a 2014 Vanity Fair party where a now-infamous photo of the two together emerged.

Mr Musk, 51, has denied knowing Maxwell several times and has claimed she “photo-bombed” the billionaire.

Details of their conversation were revealed by a Vanity Fair employee, who was standing next to Maxwell, 60, and Mr Musk at the time.

According to the New York Times: “The pair chatted. Ms Maxwell asked Mr Musk if there were a way to remove oneself from the internet and encouraged Mr Musk to destroy the internet.”

The alleged conversation came as interest surged in Maxwell over her relationship with Prince Andrew and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Earlier this year, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the late Wall Street financier in his sex trafficking scheme.

She is currently serving her time at Florida’s low-security FCI Tallahassee prison.

During their conversation, Maxwell also discussed why aliens had yet to make contact with humans.

The report said: “Musk replied that all civilisations eventually end – including Maxwell’s hypothetical alien one – and raised the possibility that humans are living in a simulation.”


The South African, worth an estimated £199 billion, has addressed the photo of him and Maxwell several times after being accused of befriending her.

He once tweeted: “She photobombed me at a Vanity Fair Oscar party. Was there with Tallulah Riley. Don’t know Ghislaine at all. Why do you think it should be a bigger story?”

Riley, Musk’s second wife and an actress who starred on HBO’s Westwood, also denied knowing Maxwell in a statement on Twitter.

In July 2020, Musk again tweeted in response to someone asking about the picture.

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He wrote: “Don’t know Ghislaine at all. She photobombed me once at a Vanity Fair party several years ago. Real question is why VF invited her in the first place.”

It comes as Mr Musk launched a perfume called “Burnt Hair” which he said had sold 10,000 bottles and earned a million dollars in just a few hours.

Mr Musk, who now describes himself as a perfume salesman, wrote on Twitter: “With a name like mine, getting into the fragrance business was inevitable. Why did I even fight it for so long!?” 

“The essence of repugnant desire” is the website description of his latest offering, which costs £90 ($100) a bottle and is set to start shipping in the first quarter of 2023, making good on a product Mr Musk first touted in September.

Previous brainwaves have included Tesla’s own-brand tequila, launched in 2020, and a pair of “short shorts” to signify Musk’s victory over investors who bet against the electric vehicle maker, now the world’s most valuable car firm.

Mr Musk’s Boring Company, a tunnelling firm last valued at £5.1billion ($5.7billion), sold flamethrowers at £452 ($500) apiece in early 2018, raising £9million ($10million). He also sold 50,000 Boring Company hats.

His ambitions over the years have ranged from colonising Mars to creating a new sustainable energy economy. In the process he has built Tesla, rocket company SpaceX and smaller firms.

Last week the billionaire proposed to proceed with his original £40billion ($44billion) bid to take Twitter Inc private, calling for an end to a lawsuit by the social media company which could have forced him to pay up, whether he wanted to or not.

If successful, a deal would put Mr Musk in charge of one of the most influential media platforms and end months of litigation which damaged Twitter’s brand and fed his reputation for erratic behavior.

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