In a two-week drama for Tesla, there was a weird subplot, principally performed out on social media. It options the rapper Azealia Banks and the corporate’s chief government, Elon Musk.
The scene is Mr. Musk’s Los Angeles house. The time is Friday, Aug. 10. The motion is what’s in dispute.
Several days after Mr. Musk rattled markets on Aug. 7 with a Twitter put up proposing to show Tesla into a personal firm, Ms. Banks took to Instagram, the place she has virtually 600,000 followers, to say that she had stayed at Mr. Musk’s home — an expertise she likened to “a real-life episode” of the film “Get Out.” And she went on to make an explosive suggestion.
“I waited around all weekend while grimes coddled her boyfriend for being too stupid to know not to go on twitter while on acid,” Ms. Banks wrote, referring to Mr. Musk’s girlfriend, the musician often known as Grimes.
On Thursday, in an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Musk was requested if medication have been concerned in his market-moving tweet. “Absolutely not,” he stated.
[Mr. Musk spoke about the struggle to deal with the strain of his jobs: “I’ve had friends come by who are really concerned.”]
And then there’s the query of whether or not they had even met.
In an interview with Business Insider on Monday, Ms. Banks stated she “saw him in the kitchen tucking his tail in between his legs scrounging for investors” after his tweet about taking Tesla personal, including, “He was stressed and red in the face.” On the identical day, Mr. Musk told the website Gizmodo that he had by no means met Ms. Banks or “communicated with her in any way.”
But they did lay eyes on one another, after Mr. Musk emerged from his exercise that Friday morning.
Ms. Banks had arrived within the predawn hours, invited to the home by Grimes, individuals conversant in the sequence of occasions say. The two ladies had announced plans in June to collaborate on a undertaking, and studio classes have been scheduled for that weekend, Grimes’s representatives stated.
But there was a miscommunication over the plans, Grimes’s representatives stated, as a result of Grimes and Mr. Musk had as a substitute made preparations to exit of city.
On Friday morning, because the couple ready to depart, Mr. Musk and Ms. Banks crossed paths.
“I saw her on Friday morning, for two seconds at about a 30-foot distance as she was leaving the house,” Mr. Musk stated within the Times interview. “I’d just finished working out. She was not within hearing range. I didn’t even realize who it was. That’s literally the only time I’ve ever laid eyes on her.”
A Silicon Valley entrepreneur who was a creator of the web fee system PayPal, Mr. Musk now has a house in Los Angeles. Mr. Musk, who has two ex-wives, as soon as told Rolling Stone, “I will never be happy without having someone” — and that somebody has recently been Grimes, a Canadian electronic-music singer and producer whose actual identify is Claire Boucher.
After it turned clear that there had been a mix-up over the studio session, two individuals briefed on that weekend’s schedule say, Ms. Banks was invited to remain on in Mr. Musk’s guesthouse. She left on Sunday, these individuals say, and started her narrative on Instagram hours later.
Her posts quickly went viral even past her huge social-media following. And her account of a short interlude at the intersection of celeb and expertise was coated in every single place from Vogue to CNBC.