Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk on May 2 questioned why Vanity Fair invited Ghislaine Maxwell to a party he attended in 2014.

Maxwell has since been convicted of child sex trafficking for abuse by Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison under mysterious circumstances.

The argument started when Musk commented on the fact that Twitter suspended an account that was tracking Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial. Musk in the process of acquiring Twitter and taking the company private.

Although Maxwell and Epstein were accused of operating a child sex trafficking ring, none of their clients have been charged. According to some abuse survivors, the ring’s clients include powerful politicians, businessmen, and other influential leaders.

“Where is their “client” list? Shouldn’t at least one of them go down!?” Musk commented.

In response, a commenter posted a picture of Musk and Maxwell at a Vanity Fair party. In the picture, Maxwell smiles and stands behind Musk.

The picture was taken in 2014 at a Vanity Fair party. Many who posted the photo appeared to suggest that Musk was friends with Maxwell.

Musk defended himself, saying that Maxwell’s appearance was a “photobomb.”

“That’s a Vanity Fair party and she photobombed me in the background, but you know that already, don’t know?” the billionaire said.

Then Musk’s friend, Pranay Pathole interjected with another tweet.

“Elon doesn’t know Ghislaine Maxwell at all. She photobombed him once at a Vanity Fair party in 2014. Real question is why Vanity Fair invited her in the first place?!” he said.

“That is exactly the question,” Musk replied.

According to journalist Vicky Ward, in 2003, Vanity Fair refused to publish a story she wrote about two women who said they were abused by Epstein and Maxwell.

Ward said that although she tried to expose Epstein as a sexual abuser, Epstein convinced Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter to cut the story. Ward also said Epstein threatened her and her family.

Later, Cartersaid he distrusted Ward as a reporter, and that her story didn’t have enough evidence to print.


Jackson Elliott reports on small-town America for The Epoch Times. He learned to write and seek truth at Northwestern University. He believes that the most important actions are small and that as Dostoevsky says, everyone is responsible for everyone and for everything. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends. Contact Jackson by emailing

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