List of Elon Musk Controversies (With Authentic Sources)

Elon Musk is one of the wealthiest men on earth. He is also one of the most controversial figures.

He loves all the attention he gets from the media; whether it’s positive or negative, it doesn’t matter. 

For a long time, Elon Musk wanted to be famous. And he performed in various movies and TV serials as cameos.

Elon also keeps close ties with media personalities.

He did some great work with Tesla and SpaceX. Both of these companies have revolutionized the electric vehicle and space launch business. However, he also gathered notoriously because of his public or private behavior.

This article keeps track of all the controversy that Elon Musk is involved in with authentic sources from the mainstream media. 

Affair With Google Co-founders’ Wife

Elon Musk and Google Co-founder Sergey Brin were close friends for a long time. But this friendship didn’t prevent Elon from having an intimate relationship with Sergey Brin’s wife.

At the end of 2021, Elon and Sergey Brin’s wife were in an intimate relationship which caused severe family drama between the Sergey Brin’s family.

At the start of 2022, Sergey Brin filed a divorce due to his wife’s intimate love affair with Elon Musk.

Sergey was one of the early investors in Tesla and SpaceX. He is also the person who introduced Elon to Steve Jobs.

However, after this incident, Sergey asked his financial advisors to drop all his investments in Elon Musk companies.


Twins With Neuralink Executives

At the end of 2022, a Neuralink executive named Shivon Zilis had a twin fathered by Elon Musk. 

Elon was intimately involved with this executive at the same time when he was having an affair with Google’s co-founders’ wife, Nicole Shanahan. At the same time, Elon was having another baby with his girlfriend, Grimes.

These simultaneous romantic relationships with multiple women at the same time show that Elon Musk isn’t a faithful partner. He cares more about himself than others.

Even though Elon tries to brush off these by saying that the earth has way fewer people than required and we all need to have more babies, and that’s why he is having more babies than he can, the reality is different.


Related: Why Elon Musk Doesn’t Pay Taxes?

Elon Musk Exposed Himself to a Flight Attendant

Elon Musk doesn’t own any private planes. However, he uses Tesla and SpaceX’s private aircraft to move between places.

These private planes have every amenities necessary on board. It also has flight attendants.

According to documents, these flight attendants must have massage training to give body massages while executives fly these private planes.

But SpaceX doesn’t pay them or reimburse them for this massage training. Flight attendants must pay for the training or risk losing their job.

According to SpaceX records, in 2018, Elon Musk exposed himself to one of the flight attendants and offered money to have sex with him.

The flight attendant refused and reported it to SpaceX. 

Later, SpaceX paid $250,000 for her silence and terminated her.

Source: A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents show. The company paid $250,000 for her silence from Business Insider. 

Taking Tesla Private at $420

In 2018, Elon Musk famously tweeted that he would take Tesla private at $420 per share, and he got his funding secured.

At the time, Tesla shares were trading around $310. At $420, the market cap would have been $70 billion.

As a CEO and Chairman of a public company, no executives are allowed to make any public announcement that may benefit or hurt the shareholders.

Tesla or Elon Musk didn’t have funding secured, nor did they file any paperwork with the SEC for any potential merger, which is a clear violation of SEC rules.


Elon Musk Calls a Hero “Pedo Guy”

Even though Elon Musk criticizes everyone, he can’t handle criticism of himself.

Whenever someone criticizes him, he gets furious and hurls insults even if those are false.

In 2018, a few boys with their soccer coach got stuck in a Thai cave due to rising water. 

In an international effort to rescue them, a British expert cave diver Vern Unsworth risked his life to save those boys.

Elon Musk also tried to help. Within days, he made a small submarine to help rescue the boys. But the submarine idea wasn’t useful at all. But Elon got a lot of press.

Vern Unsworth, in an interview, accused Elon Musk of doing all that stuff for PR purposes only. This comment made Elon angry, and he called Vern Unsworth a “Pedo Guy.” Pedo is short for Pedophile.


Related: Why is Elon Musk Hated?

Elon Musk’s China Praise

China is known worldwide for its human rights violations. They have a terrible track record.

Over the decade, China has acted aggressively toward other nations and actively stole IP from various companies and countries.

Elon Musk is very critical of the US government, various US government entities, and political leaders. He also indirectly criticizes European governments.

However, over the years, it has been clear that Elon loves the Chinese government and CCP. Never in his life has he said a bad word about the Chinese government. He always praises CCP even though they have terrible human violation records.

While he routinely criticizes the American government and its politicians, he praises the Chinese government. While he criticizes American workers, he praises Chinese workers.

His praise and love for the Chinese government and CCP have raised suspicions and criticism. It shows Elon Musk cares about money more than basic human dignity.


The Fallen Twitter Deal

In 2022, Elon Musk famously unveiled that he had offered the Twitter board to buy Twitter at $54.42 per share.

Even though the deal was supposed to close within 3 months, Elon refused to buy the platform saying that Twitter has too many bot accounts. 

Later Twitter sued Elon Musk.

Even before this buying offer, Elon slowly bought almost 10% of Twitter from the open market.

According to the SEC, if any entity or person buys more than 5% of a company’s share, they must notify the SEC. However, Elon didn’t. He waited until he purchased almost 10% shares of the company. The entire process took more than 3 months. It’s a clear violation of SEC rules.


Relationship with Johnny Depp’s Former Wife

Elon Musk is notorious for having relationships with married women.

In 2016, Elon Musk was having an active affair with Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard. 

Johnny Depp filed a divorce paper with Amber Heard when he found that Amber Heard was having an affair with Elon Musk.

It’s also reported that the father of Amber Heard’s child is Elon Musk.

Elon also said various unflattering things about Johnny Depp while Amber Heard was still married to Johnny.