RFK Jr.’s Running Mate Nicole Shanahan Once Had An Affair With Elon Musk: Report

An in-depth report from The New York Times offers an intriguing look at Nicole Shanahan’s days in Silicon Valley.

Shanahan, who was announced as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s running mate in March, reportedly lived a lavish life during her five-year marriage to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, when she was part of the Valley’s most elite social circles. .

The investigation, which cites at least 20 sources and includes an extensive list of documents, alleges that Shanahan regularly used drugs, including cocaine, ketamine and psychedelic mushrooms, with the upper echelon of tech society and once had an affair with the director Tesla executive Elon Musk. a claim both have previously denied.

HuffPost reached out to Musk and Shanahan on Wednesday for comment on this article, but had not received a response as of Wednesday evening.

Shanahan and Brin married in 2018 and initially enjoyed a luxurious life together, traveling the world, spending time on Brin’s yacht and staying at “the most elite camps” at Burning Man, the desert festival beloved by the tech world. .

But, according to the report, things between the couple became tense during the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, around the same time their daughter Echo was diagnosed with autism.

Amid the alleged breakup, sources told The New York Times that Shanahan began “going out more without Mr. Brin” when her partying reached unhealthy levels of excess.

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Nicole Shanahan with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. after he announced in March that she would be his running mate in the presidential campaign. On Wednesday, The New York Times published an investigation into her days in Silicon Valley.

Documents reviewed by the Times show that at a party in Miami in early 2021, Shanahan became so intoxicated by drugs and alcohol that she needed an intravenous infusion.

That fall, the former tech lawyer hosted a Studio 54-themed birthday party in New York, which was attended by Musk, who was then a close friend of Brin.

Musk and Shanahan would cross paths again at a party in December 2021 hosted by his brother, Kimball Musk, in honor of Miami’s prominent art fair, Art Basel.

During that meeting, Musk and Shanahan allegedly consumed ketamine together and “disappeared for several hours,” as corroborated by four people briefed on the events and related documents.

Three of the Times’ sources claim that Shanahan later told Brin that she had sexual relations with Musk, including details that she also allegedly passed on to family, friends and other confidants.

Brin and Shanahan, according to court documents, separated two weeks after the party and alleged encounter. The tech giant filed for divorce in January 2022, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

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Elon Musk speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, on May 6. Shanahan’s alleged affair with Musk is detailed in a New York Times report.

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Both Shanahan and Musk denied any affair after The Wall Street Journal reported on the alleged affair in July 2022. Shortly after, she addressed the allegations in an interview with People magazine.

Strongly refuting reports of a flirtation with Musk, she told the magazine that she was devastated by accusations that she was a “cheater.”

“Being known for a sexual act is one of the most humiliating things,” she said, describing the rumors as “absolutely debilitating.”

Responding to questions from the Times about Wednesday’s report, Shanahan said in a text message: “I’m surprised the NYT would let you publish something like this.”

Two sources close to the Kennedy campaign told the Times that Shanahan was not thoroughly vetted before becoming an independent vice presidential candidate.

Her decision was largely influenced by the amount of campaign money she could pump into Kennedy’s bid to appear on the state ballot, three people familiar with the matter said.

Read the full report in The New York Times.

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