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ELON Musk’s dad has hit back at bombshell claims that the world’s richest man is on drugs.
A deep dive on the tech tycoon published last week by The New Yorker magazine linked Musk’s “erratic behavior to efforts to self-medicate.”
The pugnacious piece by Hollywood scion Ronan Farrow repeated claims from 2018 that Tesla board members had expressed concern about Musk’s use of sleep aid Ambien.
It also stated that several people familiar with Musk’s habits had confirmed that he microdoses ketamine, which can be taken both as a depression treatment or a party drug.
The article pointed back to the moment Musk smoked pot on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast in 2018, which led to a NASA safety review of SpaceX.
Meanwhile, an unnamed close colleague was quoted opining that 52-year-old Elon's “life just sucks” due to the stress of running multiple highly successful and demanding businesses.
Musk’s retired electromechanical engineer dad Errol, 77, believes the claims are all part of a broader attack by Elon’s enemies.
He even appeared to link them to recent legal moves by the US government to go after Elon’s business interests.
Asked about the article, Errol exclusively told The U.S. Sun from his home in South Africa: “It’s a very worrying hit job on Elon, filled with blatant inaccuracies.
“Subject to the same scrutiny, 99.9 percent of those who view Elon in the light of this article would be condemned outright as a danger to society.
“The speculation that Elon has mental health issues and may be self-medicating with Ambien and ketamine is more hitting on him for made-up reasons to score points for the 'liberals'.
“What is suggested is utter BS. From start to finish.
“We are people who cannot stomach alcohol, are completely averse to smoking, and are almost totally averse to medications, including drugs of any sort.
“The Joe Rogan thing caught Elon off balance.
“Not wanting to look prudish on such a show, he took the puff, which experts said did not include inhaling, thank heavens, as Elon would have coughed the show to a close.”
Elon has neither confirmed nor denied whether he uses ketamine but said earlier this year that, from what he’s seen from friends, it is a better option for treating depression than SSRIs.
Musk has previously hinted at using sleep disorder treatment Ambien with booze, which is considered dangerous by addiction specialists.
In June 2017 he tweeted: "A little red wine, vintage record, some Ambien ... and magic!"
He was photographed while drinking from a wine glass at the soccer World Cup final in Qatar last year and has admitted enjoying red wine and whiskey.
After he appeared to smoke a blunt on Joe Rogan’s show he said: “I do not smoke pot. As anyone who watched that podcast can tell I have no idea how to smoke pot, or anything.”
Yet Musk has also been associated with the number 420, which is cannabis culture slang for marijuana.
Farrow’s article - titled “Elon Musk’s Shadow Rule” - claimed that anonymous associates of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO had suggested that his ketamine use had “escalated in recent years.”
The piece added that “alongside his isolation and increasingly embattled relationship with the press, [it] might contribute to his tendency to make chaotic and impulsive statements and decisions.”
Farrow - who is the son of award-winning filmmakers Woody Allen and Mia Farrow - also quoted a leading ketamine researcher about its effects.
Slamming the claims, Errol pointed again to his family’s aversion to drugs in general.
He said: “As parents, we were very wary of inoculations, preferring to say no if possible.
“When we traveled abroad, I had great difficulty convincing Elon especially to take yellow fever and other shots. In fact, Elon refused.
“So it’s nonsense from top to bottom, no doubt intended as part of the attempted softening up of opinion before coming at Elon with the big guns.
“They will lose but I fear for Elon very much.”
Errol’s words echoed his son’s own response to the New Yorker piece, which saw him tell his 155m followers on X: “Tragic that Ronan Farrow is a puppet of the establishment and against the people.”
'BRAZEN AND EXPANSIVE'
Farrow, 35, centers much of his criticism of Musk on disputes over the use of his Starlink satellite internet service by Ukraine during its ongoing war with Russia.
He also claims that Musk’s “influence is more brazen and expansive” than the previous “meddling of oligarchs and other monied interests in the fate of nations.”
The article was published just three days before the Department of Justice sued Musk’s SpaceX for allegedly discriminating against asylum recipients and refugees in hiring.
On Wednesday, it further emerged that federal prosecutors are also probing Tesla’s alleged use of company funds to build Musk a mansion in Texas.
The legal moves come after Joe Biden suggested in July that Musk could be investigated for buying Twitter with the help of a Saudi Arabian conglomerate.
Asked if Musk was a threat to national security, the president said: “Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at.
“Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate, I’m not suggesting that.
“I’m suggesting they’re worth being looked at and that’s all I’ll say.
“There’s a lot of ways.”
Farrow’s also referred to Elon’s at times difficult relationship with his dad and claims of physical abuse made by Elon’s mom Maye against Errol.
Addressing the allegations, Errol told The U.S. Sun: “I never ever attacked Maye physically or in any way at all.
“I loved her dearly. The idea is preposterous.”
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