Fact Check: Was Elon Musk Photographed With Ghislaine Maxwell?

Following the news that Elon Musk’s offer to purchase Twitter had been accepted, social media was flooded with a picture of the billionaire with Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell was an associate of notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and she was convicted last year of sex trafficking of a minor and a number of other crimes related to her association with Epstein. There have been a number of instances of viral pictures of celebrities with Epstein or Maxwell that have turned out to be fake. This one, however, is authentic. Musk and Maxwell were both in attendance at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars after party, where they were photographed together. The image can be found on Getty Images. Musk has denied knowing Maxwell, saying that she “photobombed” him at the Vanity Fair party. 

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