Elon Musk doesn’t want his deposition in his child custody case to be public

The dual-state child custody case between Elon Musk (public name: Space Karen) and Grimes (government name: Claire Boucher) is moving along. The former couple are fighting over custody of their three shared children, X, three, Y, two, and Tau, one. In an attempt to keep the public from having access to court records, Elno filed a motion in Texas to issue a protective order before agreeing to sit for a deposition. He also asked the judge to suspend public access to case documents, citing a potential risk to his kids. “Won’t somebody think about the children,” cries the man who routinely shares anti-vax conspiracies.

Attorneys for Grimes previously requested Musk sit for a deposition at her lawyer’s office later this month. But in a filing this week, Musk said he wouldn’t answer her attorney’s questions until privacy protections are in place. Attorneys for Musk and Grimes didn’t immediately respond to BI’s request for comment.

During a deposition, Musk would likely face wide-ranging questions about all aspects of his life, including his business interests and healthcare practices as the court seeks to determine whether California or Texas has jurisdiction over the case, Christopher Melcher, a California family law attorney and partner at Walzer Melcher, told BI.

A protective order would guarantee the information Musk reveals during a deposition remains private and inaccessible to the public, Melcher added.

“Elon is going to want all this information locked up in a box so tight that Grimes could never use it,” Melcher said. “And while she may have no intention of publishing it outside the case, she wants to have reasonable access to it so she can use it to prove or disprove whatever she needs to.”

Lawyers for both Musk and Grimes have already tried and failed to agree to the terms of a confidentiality agreement ahead of a deposition, according to the filings. This is a common outcome in contentious family court cases, Melcher added.

“To date, no confidentiality agreements or orders have been agreed,” Musk’s attorneys wrote this week. “Without confidentiality, the children’s safety and welfare is at severe risk.”

Musk’s lawyers proposed a hearing on the motion for a protective order to take place later this month, according to a document obtained by BI. Musk’s request for privacy assurances is a “reasonable position” for someone of his level of fame to take, Melcher said.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder has expressed concerns about his privacy and his children’s safety in the past. Last year, Musk threatened to sue college student Jack Sweeney who shared the whereabouts of his private jet on X, formerly known as Twitter. At the time, Musk claimed his son, X, was followed by a “crazy stalker” who climbed on the car’s hood and attempted to block the car.

“Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family,” he wrote on X. (Musk never sued Sweeney.) The billionaire also warned multiple times that he might “die under mysterious circumstances” after claiming he’d been threatened by Russian officials over SpaceX’s involvement in the Ukraine war.

Musk has become a controversial figure over the years. Most recently, Musk drew ire after he appeared to boost an antisemitic post on social media last month — causing X advertisers and some Tesla fans to speak out against Musk. On Wednesday, the Tesla CEO went on a tirade at DealBook Summit where he told advertisers who fled his social media site to “Go f— yourself” and even took aim at Disney CEO Bob Iger.

[From Business Insider]

Okay. I feel like several things can be true here. Apartheid Clyde can simultaneously not want to be publicly embarrassed yet again by answering questions about his business and personal sh–t while also being concerned about his ties with Russia, etc. al. catching up with him. I’m not sure what questions could come up in a custody case that would endanger his national security, though. In an era of true crime and investigative journalism, we’ve seen legal documents that are public record come back to haunt parties in different ways. Can you even imagine a podcast or documentary based on Musk that FOIA’s this kind of stuff? There would be seasons of content.

As far as the custody case goes, Musk filed his case in Texas, where monthly child-support payments are capped at $2,760 for three children, claiming that Grimes and the kids lived with him in Texas until July 2023. Boucher then countersued in California, claiming that it’s been the children’s home state since December 2022. Cali also has no limit on child support payments. Hmmm, $2,760 vs. unlimited payments. Won’t somebody think about the children?

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  1. girl_ninja says:

    I think women should stop having sex with this man and giving him children to mistreat.

    • Mika says:

      Totally agree BUT…

      Here is my theory: For at least the last two children it was IVF and a surrogate. And considering that for the third child Grimes said claimed that Elon had never let her meet her son, I actually think something more sinister is unraveling. I think she made embryos in the relationship and after the relationship ended, Elon had the third embryo implanted without her consent. I know. Conspiracy theory. But I believe Elon would do it.

    • Hello says:

      I think they used surrogates for last two… honestly I might forgive a regretful hook up more than the premeditation necessary for surrogacy…

    • Bumblebee says:

      I think we should stop blaming women for men’s behavior.

    • WaterDragon says:

      He is enough to make one believe that Lizard People exist.

  2. VeronicaSawyer says:

    Space Karen looked & acted deeply unwell at last week’s “go f yourself” event. I don’t think he’s safe to be around children until he gets help.

  3. Chantal1 says:

    Of course Noel Aroma (thanks to the Netflix show On My Block for this gem) wants his child support capped and is using Texas and its bs laws to hide his secrets. And Texas is hell bent on legally stripping women of just about everything (Texan here). I hope CA has jurisdiction and she gets a good chunk of his wealth – not bc I like her but bc I really dislike him. As an ex: Marilee Nichols, the mother of Tristan Thompson’s child (Khloe Kardashian’s part time man) fled Texas for CA after getting pregnant and gets $9500 child support for one child.

    • Hello says:

      Appreciate the women in your state fighting back! Read that there’s 22 plaintiffs now challenging abortion laws 🙂

    • BeanieBean says:

      Decades ago I read an article in Mother Jones about the worst states in the US for women–in health care, education, the workplace, the home, the court system–all states were in the Deep South, Texas included. Nothing’s changed, I see, just further entrenched.

  4. Concern Fae says:

    Texas is such a terrible state. Yeah, lots of great people, but the laws and government are terrible.

  5. Blithe says:

    $33,120 is just a few dollars above the poverty level for a household of 4 — 3 kids and a parent. Texas priorities— and Elon’s — are Interesting. If he’s worried about privacy, he should REALLY worry if his kids have the kind of life that $33,120 will get you, particularly if any of that gets taxed. Or maybe he’s assuming that the kids will want to live with him and the opportunities he can afford them. Evil has many faces.

  6. Scar❤️ says:

    What a snowflake.

  7. Scar❤️ says:

    What a snowflake.

  8. bisynaptic says:

    I knew the thing with Grimes would go south; I just had no idea how quickly it would.

  9. bisynaptic says:

    Ahhh!, so that’s why Elon moved to Texas: so he could have his Mars-colonizing progeny on the cheap! 😄

    • kindkaren says:

      Fun fact – it is not yet possible to get pregnant on Mars. Not enough gravitational pull for it to all come together. Maybe that’s why he’s working it so hard down here 🙄 I feel so sorry for his kids…

  10. Maida says:

    I think Musk is using the Texas residency as pressure to get Grimes to let him off cheaply. I also think he’s worried about embarrassing information coming out in regards to his personal life.

    Recall that he only bought Twitter after he was forced to do so, and decided to fold rather than continue the legal case after text messages became public.

  11. Katya says:

    NaziBoy should have gone with California. Most judges won’t give parents unlimited child support but $2800 is insane for 3 kids in California. But more importantly the case will be private and inaccessible because they aren’t married and never were.

  12. J.ferber says:

    That’s too bad because I want to see it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Elon Musk is not a founder of Tesla, he bought it from Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning . He also never invented anything. He takes credit for others’ work.