Elon Musk, the renowned chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, is currently embroiled in controversy following allegations of possible illegal drug use, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. This news has sparked apprehension among executives at his companies. Musk has refuted these accusations, emphasizing that no drugs or alcohol have been detected in his system during random tests over the last three years.
The controversy includes a report on an incident at a recent SpaceX meeting, where Musk’s behavior was characterized as erratic and concerning. He was described as being late, incoherent, and slurring his words. Linda Johnson Rice, a former member of Tesla’s board, reportedly stepped down from her position due to worries about Musk’s drug use and unpredictable demeanor.
The drugs Musk is allegedly associated with include LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, and ketamine. The implications of these accusations are significant, with potential risks to billions in assets, jobs, and the future of the U.S. space program.
Musk’s history includes an admission of using ketamine for depression treatment and an infamous marijuana-smoking incident on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast in 2018, which had repercussions with NASA.
In defense of Musk, his lawyer, Alex Spiro, confirmed that Musk has never failed a drug test and criticized the Wall Street Journal’s report for relying on “false facts.”