Elon Musk and other guests dispute that a notorious Silicon Valley gathering was a 'sex party': 'Nerds on a couch are not a cuddle puddle'

Business Insider | 1/12/2018 | Rob Price
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Attendees of a now-notorious Silicon Valley party described as a "sex party" are disputing its characterization by "Brotopia" author Emily Chang.

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said: "If there are 'sex parties' in Silicon Valley, I haven't seen or heard of one."

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Another attendee confirmed there was a "cuddle space," but said she napped there without any issues and felt safe throughout the party.

Some attendees of a now-notorious Silicon Valley event are disputing its characterisation as a "sex party" by author Emily Chang in her upcoming book "Brotopia" — with Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk saying that "nerds on a couch are not a 'cuddle puddle.'"

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The June 2017 event was an evening party at the home of Steve Jurvetson, then an investor at venture capital firm DFJ. It was first highlighted earlier this month in an extract from journalist Emily Chang's forthcoming book on tech industry culture, "Brotopia," in which she cites an anonymous source describing drug-taking and open sexual behaviour at the event.

Musk's spokesperson first confirmed to Business Insider that the famous entrepreneur was in attendance — but that he was under the impression it was a "corporate party with a costume theme" and saw no sign of it becoming a "sex party" when he left at 1 a.m.

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In a subsequent statement given to Wired, Musk attacked Chang's reporting as "salacious nonsense" and "misleading." He wrote (emphasis ours):

"Emily Chang’s article was salacious nonsense. She conflated what happens in SF sex clubs in the Tenderloin, which have been around long before Silicon Valley was anything, with boring VC parties on the Peninsula. That is misleading to the public and she should be ashamed. If there are 'sex parties' in Silicon Valley, I haven’t seen or heard of one. If you want wild parties, you’re in the wrong place. Obviously. That...
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