January 12, 2018
The party in question was first reported on by Emily Chang in Vanity Fair, in an excerpt from her new book Brotopia.
According to Chang, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names all attended a party at a wealthy venture capitalist’s mansion in June 2017. The soiree was advertised as “a party on the edge of the earth,” where young women were invited to dress in “glamazon adventurer, safari chic and jungle tribal attire” costumes. One woman who attended the party said it devolved into a messy “cuddle puddle” (shudder) of drugs, kissing, and stroking (it’s unclear if this ever devolved into a full-on orgy, but Chang’s book notes that sex is not uncommon at these events).
“The living room had been blanketed in plush white faux fur and pillows, where, as the evening wore on, several people lay down and started stroking one another,” Chang writes.
On January 10, Paul Biggar, another Silicon Valley investor, confirmed some of Chang’s details about the party in a blog post, reporting that it took place at venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson’s house. He also said that he personally saw Musk there (though he did note that he didn’t see any sex or drugs). According to Biggar, the party was a corporate sponsored event, officially hosted by Jurvetson’s former company, DFJ (from which Jurvetson resigned, in November, after allegations of sexual harassment).
“It’s incredibly fucked up to use your power as an investor, or to allow your power to be used by others, to lure women to sex parties, or for this to be a means of women getting access to Silicon Valley’s power structures,” Biggar wrote. “Not that sex is bad, nor that sex parties are bad. Using power to deny access to women, then providing access so long as they have sex with you; that’s abuse, and that’s fucked up.” Shortly afterwards, Axios confirmed the party’s location and host.
Musk’s statement confirms that he was there, basically, but that he didn’t participate or see any of the funny business. In fact, in a longer statement to Wired magazine, he said he thought the whole thing was a costume party, where there was no sex or drugs.
“That DFJ party was boring and corporate, with zero sex or nudity anywhere. Nerds on a couch are not a ‘cuddle puddle,'” Musk said. “I was hounded all night by DFJ-funded entrepreneurs, so went to sleep around 1am. Nothing remotely worth writing about happened. The most fun thing was Steve lighting a model rocket around midnight.”
From the accounts we’ve heard of what goes on at actual sex parties, that doesn’t sound like one. But then again, it’s unlikely Musk would just up and fess up to attending an Eyes Wide Shut-type event hosted by a disgraced VC. Next time Musk gets an invitation for a “costume party,” we’re willing to bet he’ll be a little bit more discreet.