Nicole Shanahan has denied ever dating Elon Musk, pushing back claims in a news report that the affair was responsible for her crashed marriage with Google co-founder, Sergey Brin.
Ms Shanahan declared through a statement by herb lawyer that the dating romour which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal is totally untrue and damaging.
In its July 24 report, the WSJ cited its sources as saying that the alleged affair prompted Brin to file for divorce from Shanahan earlier this year and also ended the tech billionaires’ long friendship.
Her lawyer’s statement came in response to a Wall Street Journal report that cited unidentified sources as saying Shanahan had engaged in a brief affair with the Tesla CEO last December while separated from Brin.
The Chief Executive Officer of Tesla, Elon Musk, also denies the report as untrue.
In response to the article, Musk tweeted, “This is total bs. Sergey and I are friends and were at a party together last night! I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with many other people around. Nothing romantic.”
“I talked to Sergey yesterday and he says neither he nor anyone he knows has talked to WSJ,” Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday.
Shanahan’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, told media sources: “Make no mistake, any suggestion that Nicole had an affair with Elon Musk is not only an outright lie but also defamatory.”
Musk, the richest person in the world (per Forbes), also wrote that he works “crazy hours, so there just isn’t much time for shenanigans.”
Following his comments, a WSJ spokesperson told E! News, “We are confident in our sourcing, and we stand by our reporting.”
E! News has reached out to reps for Shanahan and Brin for comment and has not heard back.
Brin, the seventh richest person in the world, filed for divorce from Shanahan in January after three years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to the WSJ.
His lawyer declined to comment about the newspaper’s report about the alleged affair, the outlet said.