By Eir Nolsoe and Craig Trudell
Elon Musk’s lawyers have vehemently denied allegations of illegal drug use amid reports that Tesla and SpaceX executives are increasingly alarmed about his erratic behaviour.
Alex Spiro, Musk’s lawyer, pushed back against claims made in The Wall Street Journal, saying the entrepreneur was “regularly and randomly drug tested at SpaceX and has never failed a test”.
It came in response to reported accusations that Musk’s alleged drug use was causing alarm among executives, who feared it could cause harm to his businesses.
Musk’s unpredictable behaviour prompted former Tesla director Linda Johnson Rice to avoid seeking re-election to the board in 2019, the newspaper claimed.
Musk’s drug use has worried executives and board members at businesses he runs, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the billionaire and the companies.
Musk has used LSD, cocaine, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms, often at private parties, the Journal said, citing unnamed witnesses and others with knowledge of the matter. People close to the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive officer told the newspaper his drug use was ongoing, and that in particular he was consuming ketamine.
Musk has previously said he suffered from undiagnosed bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.
After Musk puffed on a blunt containing marijuana on Joe Rogan’s podcast in September 2018, the Pentagon reviewed the federal security clearance tied to his role as CEO of Space Exploration Technologies, which is certified to launch military spy satellites, Bloomberg News first reported in March 2019.
“After that one puff with Rogan, I agreed, at NASA’s request, to do three years of random drug testing,” Musk, 52, posted on Sunday on X, the social media company he owns. “Not even trace quantities were found of any drugs or alcohol.”
Musk didn’t respond to a request for comment from Bloomberg News.
SpaceX is now the only US company approved to transport NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The Pentagon also has stepped up purchases of launches from the closely held company in recent years; in June, it contracted SpaceX’s satellite communications business Starlink to support Ukraine’s military.
Musk oversees six companies: Tesla, SpaceX and X, the social media company formerly known as Twitter; the tunnelling venture The Boring Co; brain implant developer Neuralink; and artificial intelligence startup xAI. His $US219.4 billion ($326 billion) net worth ranks No.1 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
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