Multi-millionaire sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein introduced Kimbal Musk, Elon’s brother, to a woman in his entourage, two sources tell Business Insider.
The woman, who had previously dated Epstein and lived in an apartment building where he was known to house models, dated Kimbal Musk from 2011 to 2012.
Though the relationship was by all accounts genuine, the sources say Epstein hoped it would open doors to Elon Musk and his companies.
Epstein and his entourage were granted a private tour of Musk’s SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, Calif., in 2012.
Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
When word got out last year that disgraced multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein had been known to fraternize with Silicon Valley moguls, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk was quick to release a statement minimizing their relationship: He’d attended a dinner organized by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman where Epstein was present, he said, and “was at his house in Manhattan for about 30 minutes in the middle of the afternoon” at the urging of his then-wife Talulah Riley, who wanted to meet him “for a novel she was writing.” He was “obviously a creep,” Musk told Vanity Fair.
But the social connection between Epstein and Musk may be more complicated than that, Business Insider has learned. Jeffrey Epstein was in regular contact with Elon’s brother Kimbal Musk, the tech millionaire turned restaurateur who serves on the boards of his older brother’s companies Tesla and SpaceX, according to two people familiar with their relationship.
It’s unclear how Epstein and Kimbal Musk met initially, but they saw each other occasionally because Kimbal was dating a woman in Epstein’s entourage at the time, the people said. The woman had previously dated Epstein himself, and lived in an apartment building that Epstein’s brother owned and which Epstein had used to house people close to him, including models from Eastern Europe.
Do you have a story to share about Epstein or Musk? Contact Business Insider’s tip line via encrypted messaging app Signal at (646) 768-4744 using a nonwork phone, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter DM at @beckpeterson.
The couple, who dated from 2011 to 2012, was set up by Epstein himself, the sources said. Their relationship brought Epstein into contact with the Musk family and their businesses, and highlights how the convicted pedophile may have used the women in his inner circle to develop strategic relationships with prominent people in the world of tech and business.
“It almost seemed a little more transactional,” said one source familiar with the couple. “The rumor has always been that Epstein facilitated introductions to beautiful women, looking for deal flow or access to capital. And the provenance of [Kimbal Musk’s relationship to the woman] was right down the path of that.”
By all appearances, Kimbal’s relationship with the woman was genuine despite her continued financial ties to Epstein and his role in their introduction. The woman was going through an emotional rough patch before she met Kimbal, one of the people said, and the pair had …read more
Source:: Business Insider