Jewish Student Sues Elon Musk: Wrongly Labeled as Neo-Nazi, Life Forever Altered

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  • Source: CNN
  • 11/21/2023
The Jewish student who has filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk alleges that he was wrongly labeled as a neo-Nazi by the entrepreneur, resulting in significant negative consequences that have greatly impacted his life.

On October 2, Ben Brody, a 22-year-old individual, filed a lawsuit against the founder of Tesla in Travis County, Texas. The legal action was taken in response to a statement made by the Tesla founder to his millions of followers. In the statement, he accused Brody, a student from California, of being associated with an extremist group that caused disturbances at an LGBTQ event in Oregon. 

Brody, who identifies as Jewish, has filed a lawsuit against Musk, seeking damages exceeding $1 million. The individual in question has sought legal representation from attorney Mark Bankston. It is worth noting that Bankston has previously represented the families of Sandy Hook victims in a successful lawsuit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 

The incident, which involved a clash between the Proud Boys and the neo-Nazi group Rose City Nationalists, gained attention after being shared on social media. As a result, some individuals began to speculate that Brody might have been one of the participants due to his resemblance to one of the individuals captured in the video. 

The skirmish that occurred at the Oregon Pride event in July involved two groups of extremists. During the course of the altercation, a particular individual's facial covering was forcibly removed, leaving their identity exposed. In a state of distress, this person hastily concealed their face once again. Accounts were falsely claiming that the member in question was Brody, as part of their efforts to establish the individual's identity.

During that period, Elon Musk made a tweet in which he expressed his observations regarding two individuals. He mentioned that one of them appeared to be a college student who aspired to join the government, while the other individual was potentially associated with the Antifa movement. Despite these observations, Musk suggested that the situation could potentially be a false flag scenario. 

During an interview with CNN, Brody provided an explanation regarding the text messages he had been receiving from his friends.The user claims that the individual in question is being accused of being a neo-Nazi informant. The user presents evidence in the form of statements made about the individual. Upon encountering the situation, my initial reaction was one of skepticism, as I perceived it to be a mere prank.

In an effort to vindicate himself, he made two attempts to clear his name. He took to Instagram, where he recorded a video in which he provided an explanation that he was physically present in California, miles away from the location of the skirmish that took place in Oregon.

Despite presenting CCTV footage from a restaurant that clearly showed his presence at the time of the altercation, he was unjustly labeled as a neo-Nazi. 

The situation took a turn for the worse when Elon Musk also joined in. According to Brody, he became aware that the situation was rapidly escalating. However, it was when Elon Musk made a comment that he believed the matter had reached a critical point.

The effect is greatly amplified. The user received a direct message on Instagram from an individual who claimed that even Elon Musk believed the user to be an informant. This message was accompanied by threats to inform the user's school about their alleged activities, causing the user to fear the potential consequences, such as not being able to graduate. The individual experienced a strong feeling of fear and apprehension.

During the interview with CNN, Brody was asked about his perspective on whether he believed his life had been ruined. In response, he expressed a strong sentiment, stating that he indeed felt that his life had been completely ruined.

To find information about me, simply enter my name, which is 'neo-Nazi fed Ben Brody,' into the search bar. Brody, a student at the University of California, Riverside, pursued a major in political science. On his college fraternity's webpage, he expressed his aspiration to work for the government. This declaration attracted significant attention and controversy from online trolls. 

The user mentioned that they expressed their desire to work for the government. The reason for my uncertainty regarding which specific branch of the government I desired to work for was simply due to my lack of knowledge in this area. The individual expressed their contemplation about pursuing a career in law, stating that they had considered the possibility of becoming a lawyer. After their address was exposed online, the student and his mother were compelled to vacate their residence. 

The attorney representing the plaintiff, Mark Bankston, has a track record of successfully representing victims of the Sandy Hook shooting who sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. According to Bankston, the essence of this case revolves around Elon Musk's alleged recklessness in making an accusation against the young man in question.

The user has received numerous offensive comments, some of which contain antisemitic remarks. Additionally, they have been referred to as a 'Fed' and 'Nazi' on multiple occasions. According to Mark Bankston, the attorney representing the young man involved, the central issue of this case revolves around Elon Musk's alleged recklessness in making an accusation against his client.

Ben decided to take matters into his own hands by publishing a video online in an attempt to vindicate himself and dispel any doubts or misconceptions surrounding his reputation. The attempted action was unsuccessful. Many individuals hold the belief that Ben was involved in neo-Nazi activities, leading to a profound sense of helplessness experienced by many. This perception is shared by millions of people worldwide.

The current situation prompts us to question the circumstances that have led to a scenario where an individual with considerable influence can level serious allegations based on unsubstantial evidence originating solely from anonymous sources on the internet.


Brody expressed in a now-deleted Instagram video that he and his family have been subjected to persistent harassment. He also mentioned his willingness to address any misunderstandings in order to provide clarity. 

The current situation that I find myself in is quite absurd and it is truly difficult for me to comprehend and accept what is unfolding before me.

The lawsuit states that Elon Musk is considered to be one of the most influential individuals, and his support of the accusation against Ben had a significant impact. This led other social media influencers and users to join in the attacks and harassment, as well as make enduring accusations against Ben that will persist on the internet.

Elon Musk has been utilizing the platform to regularly disseminate false information, while simultaneously promoting and amplifying the most objectionable aspects of conspiracy-driven content on Twitter.  According to an attorney representing Musk, it is anticipated that the case will be dismissed. 


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