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In the last couple of days, a narrative lifted from Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk has been inducing the rounds on the internet, claiming that Musk burnt his assistant of 12 years when she craved a raise.

The story portrays Musk as an unusually cruel( or exceedingly efficient, depending on your perspective) president, but now Musk himself has taken to Twitter to explain that the story isn’t true.

The anecdote, originally published in Vance’s book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future , goes like this. Mary Beth Brown asked for a significant raise after having worked as Musk’s assistant for 12 times. Musk responded by asking Brown to take two weeks’ leave to see whether she’s really indispensable to him. After he’d recognized she’s not, he promptly burnt her.

Now, in a series of tweets, Musk said the story is “complete nonsense.” He calls Vance’s biography “mostly correct, ” but points out that it’s also “rife with errors” and that it was “never independently fact-checked, ” despite Musk’s request for Vance to do so.

According to Musk, “Mary Beth was an astounding assistant for over 10 yrs, but as corporation intricacy developed, the role necessitated several specialists vs one generalist.” She was given, Musk claims, 52 weeks of salary and inventory for her contribution.

Things get more interesting from there, as Musk’s mother, Maye Musk, enters the conversation, tweeting that “some given the fact( in the biography) were glaringly incorrect, ” though she does say the book was “interesting.”

From there on, Musk tries to lighten the tone of the conversation, saying that another incorrect anecdote was that he never said he was a “samurai, ” and then goes on to explaining the adversities of becoming a ninja.

It’s worth pointing out, though, that Musk never goes into the finer details of the story about the fired deputy. For instance, he never mentions the portion about Brown asking for a raise and then being asked to take a leave so Musk can assess the value of her contributions which is arguably the crux of the story.

Musk also said there are “dozens” of “bogus or half-true anecdotes” out there that “don’t actually matter, ” and “maybe 5 to 10” that do, before promising that lists of any such is “coming soon.” This should be interesting.

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