ELON Musk’s father Errol has criticized a new biography of his son because it portrays him as a villain with “demonic powers”.
Best-selling author Walter Isascson describes retired electromechanical engineer Errol, 77, as a “villainous and charismatic fantasist” in his new book entitled Elon Musk.
The author also shares how both Elon, 52, and his younger brother Kimbal, 50, view their estranged father as people with a “Jekyll and Hyde nature.”
Errol claims that despite portraying him as a villain, Isaacson never met him in person and instead interviewed him over the phone.
From his home in South Africa, he told The US Sun exclusively that his sons are portrayed as if they were children growing up in a Charles Dickens novel.
He explained: “The book appears to be a superhero novel, with villains who have demonic powers and heroes who can fly.”
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are also there, played by me.
“Little Pip and Oliver Twist, who later become heroes, are played by Elon and Kimbal.
“It’s the basis for a script and a film.”
Isaacson’s biography claims that tech tycoon Elon still bears deep scars from his upbringing with Errol.
It quotes pop star Grimes – the mother of three of Elon’s children – saying she believes he was “conditioned in his childhood that life was pain.”
Elon’s second wife, Talulah Riley, also shares how the “terrible things” his father told him in his childhood “have a profound impact on the way (Elon) operates.”
British actress Riley said of Isaacson: “He retains a childlike, almost stunted side.
“Inside the man, he is still there as a child, a child standing before his father.”
One particularly startling anecdote, told early in the book, is about how Elon was sent to a wilderness survival camp – known in South Africa as “Veldskool” – at the age of 12.
Isaacson claims the older children learned to hit the smaller children in the face and steal their things.
He claims that Elon lost 10 pounds and claims that “every few years” one of the children in the camp would die.
Tesla’s CEO told Isaacson that advisers in the camp would say, “Don’t be stupid like that stupid guy who died last year.”
But Errol insisted his son never attended the Veldskool, adding: “The whole book is suspect, not just the one that concerns me.”
Isaacson – a former CEO of the Aspen Institute think tank – was forced to admit that a key message in the book was wrong.
An excerpt published last week in The Washington Post claimed that SpaceX boss Elon “secretly” thwarted a Ukrainian drone attack on a Russian naval base in September 2022 by disabling coverage of the company’s Starlink satellite internet service.
Musk denied the story, tweeting that the Starlink regions in question were “not activated in the first place” and the company “didn’t deactivate anything.”
Instead, there was an “emergency request” from the Ukrainian authorities to activate Starlink in Sevastopol in Crimea, where the majority of the Russian fleet is anchored.
Musk said: “If I had agreed to their request, SpaceX would have been explicitly involved in a major act of war and escalation of conflict.”
Asked Tuesday whether he had “messed up” the claim, Isaacson admitted he misunderstood the situation when he accompanied Musk for the book.
He said, “Yes. I made a mistake in thinking that when he said, “We’re not facilitating it,” I thought it was a decision he made that night.
“He’s actually done it before, but I think it’s the same point, which is that he decided not to use Starlink for this offensive attack.”
Errol on Monday also disputed Isaacson’s claims that Elon was “regularly beaten by bullies” during his childhood in South Africa.
As an example, Isaacson cited an incident in which Musk was pushed down concrete steps and kicked until his face was a “swollen ball of flesh.”
Elon has previously spoken about this encounter, saying his attackers were a “bunch of fucking psychos” who were hunting him.
But Errol said the incident was an isolated incident that “came out of the blue” when Elon was at school in Johannesburg.
He added: “Elon was never beaten up on a regular basis by anyone.
“Once a little boy whom Elon had insulted pushed him down a flight of stairs.
“This incident happened out of the blue one day, but after I took Elon to a school in Pretoria, there were no further incidents.”
Errol last week disputed Isaacson’s claims that Elon goes into “demon mode” when he is at his most productive.
He also told the US Sun earlier this month that he feared his firstborn son could be murdered because of his actions against the US government.
He previously dismissed claims that his son was taking drugs and suffering from mental health problems in a bombshell report in The New Yorker.
Errol told The US Sun in June that he believed Elon had put himself in a “no-win situation” with a planned cage fight with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
He said the “humiliation” for Elon would be “complete humiliation” if he lost to Zuckerberg.
Errol also called an AI-generated image of his son “completely inaccurate” and posted photos from his childhood to support his point.
In April, Errol revealed details of his claim that he once bought a share in an emerald business in Zambia, which Elon has denied.
Earlier this year, Errol told The US Sun his son was a “force for good” who also believed the internet would have been invented in 1900 if Napoleon Bonaparte had not been defeated.
In September last year, Errol admitted shooting armed intruders in South Africa in 1998 while his then six-year-old daughter Ali clung to his leg.
Also last year, The US Sun exposed Errol’s claim that he fathered a child with his stepdaughter Jana Bezuidenhout and that he was asked to donate sperm to impregnate upper-class women in Colombia.