Police in Southern California are looking to speak with Elon Musk and his security team about an alleged assault last week that Musk claimed involved a “crazy stalker” and led to the suspension of a private aircraft-tracking Twitter account as well as several high-profile journalists.
Musk cited the incident as the reason for Twitter’s sudden change in policy on publishing user location information, claiming that the @ElonJet account and journalists shared his “accurate, real-time” location. While the @ElonJet account showed that Musk’s private plane landed on Dec. 12 in Los Angeles, the crash occurred roughly 24 hours later and 25 miles from the airport, according to police.
In a statement on Tuesday, police in South Pasadena, California, offered a different account of the incident than Musk initially claimed, noting that police responded to a report of a deadly weapon attack just before 10 p.m. on Dec. 13. They arrived, and found a 29-year-old Connecticut man, who was described by police as a victim.
The man, who was not identified, said he had just exited Interstate 110 in his car when he pulled over to use his phone in a parking lot. While he was standing, he told police, another car pulled up in front of him and blocked his path. The driver of the second vehicle approached the man and accused him of following him down the highway. When the suspect left the parking lot later, police said, he rammed his car into the man.
“At no time during the incident did the victim identify the suspect or suggest that the altercation was more than coincidental,” police said.
Two days after the incident, on December 15, police said they “learned that the suspect involved in this case is a member of Elon Musk’s security team. Investigators do not believe that Mr. Musk was present during the encounter.” Police said investigators are reviewing evidence and video footage of the incident and “efforts are underway to contact Mr. Musk and his security team to obtain statements.”
The statement comes after Musk suspended CNN anchor Donnie O’Sullivan and several other journalists, falsely accusing them of sharing the billionaire’s live location. O’Sullivan and other reporters recently wrote about the Twitter account that tracked Musk’s private jet.
“They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in direct (clear) violation of Twitter’s terms of service,” Musk claimed in a tweet Thursday night.
Musk said he took the action after a “crazy stalker” followed a car carrying his son into Los Angeles on Dec. 13. “Prevent the car from moving and climbing onto the hood,” he said in a December 14 tweet.
Earlier this week, The Washington Post spoke to a man who claimed to be the person seen in Musk’s video. The man told the newspaper that he was in the area at the time working for Uber Eats and made outlandish claims about Musk and the mother of two of Musk’s children.
CNN has reached out to the man for comment.
In response to a request from O’Sullivan for comment on the incident on Tuesday, Musk told CNN via email: “O’Sullivan’s donor [sic] Untruthful.
— CNN’s Stella Chan contributed to this report.
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