Azealia Banks Accusing Elon Musk of Phone Theft Is Your Day's Weirdest News
Anyone who was awake late on Monday night was privy to a truly bonkers series of allegations by rapper Azealia Banks against SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
In a series of Instagram stories that have since been deleted, Banks claimed that Musk had stolen her phone and was holding it hostage.
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) August 21, 2018
In an expletive-filled video, she also said that she "didn't want to be in the middle of this [expletive] anymore," and just wants to go home.
"I've been in LA for two weeks and I didn't get no music done, I didn't get no trip to Mars…I'm at my wit's end," she said.
She also posted a note that said, "Elon got an attorney involved so I called one, too. They came up with all these threats of blackmail and said I had to turn in my phone if I didn't want to go to jail."
Latest from Ms. Banks pic.twitter.com/PA92P8h512
— Hope King (@lisahopeking) August 21, 2018
If you're thinking, "What crazy drama is this?," you're not alone. So let's back up.
Last week, Banks posted a series of Instagram stories in which she claimed to be spending the weekend at the billionaire's house in Los Angeles in order to collaborate with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes. It's safe to say she did not have a good time.
"Lol I waited around all weekend while Grimes coddled her boyfriend for being too stupid to know not to go on Twitter while on acid," Banks wrote. "Then she had the nerve to go ghost and 'book me a first-class flight' through Roc Nation as if she's big enough to send me out of L.A. Ha!"
In another story, she wrote that "staying in Elon Musk's house has been like a real like episode of Get Out," referring to the Oscar-winning horror film in which an African-American man visits his white girlfriend's family only to learn that they want to harvest his body.
Here's where things get sticky. Musk had tweeted earlier in the week that he was planning on taking Tesla private and that funding had been "secured."
Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018
But, according to Banks, it was very much not secured. In a series of DMs with a Business Insider reporter, Banks wrote that, ""I saw him in the kitchen tucking his tail in between his legs, scrounging for investors to cover his [rear] after that tweet. He was stressed and red in the face," adding that "he's not cute at all in person."
"I didn't hear any specifics but I could hear that he was scrambling because he in fact—didn't have funding secured," she wrote.
Meanwhile a rep for Musk said that "'Elon has never even met Ms. Banks or communicated with her in any way," though they didn't deny that she stayed at her house that weekend. In a follow-up interview with The New York Times, Musk said that he saw Banks on his property "on Friday morning, for two seconds at about a 30-foot distance as she was leaving the house…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."
One can see how claiming that Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private while high on acid and having no funding to actually back up his statement could be detrimental to his business. That being said, Banks also has a history of making wild allegations on social media and stirring up controversy, so she's not the most reliable narrator either.
Musk's representatives have yet to the latest development in this bizarres subplot and Musk himself has not commented about it on social media. His Instagram account, however, has disappeared.
This is an ongoing story and will be updated.
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