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According to a forthcoming book on Tesla, Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO, demanded Apple’s CEO during a 2016 telephone call with Tim Cook. The Los Angeles Times shared the story from Power Play: Tesla and Elon Musk by Tim Higgins, a Wall Street Journal reporter.

According to the book, Cook suggested that Musk buy Tesla. Musk replied that he would like to be CEO. Cook agreed to the suggestion, but Musk stated that he would like to be Apple’s CEO. According to an ex-aide, Cook said “Fuck You” before hanging up the telephone.

Apple and Elon Musk both said that the conversation could not have occurred because Musk and Cook had never spoken.

In a tweet on Friday, Musk flat out said that “Cook & I have never spoken or written to each other ever.” He also said that he attempted to meet with Cook about Apple acquiring Tesla, which Cook refused. (Musk previously discussed this attempted meeting in December.)

Apple denied ever having spoken to Elon when he was asked about the conversation. “You know, I’ve never spoken to Elon, although I have great admiration and respect for the company he’s built,” Cook said.

Musk claims that the book contains a lot of lies. “Higgins managed to make his book both false *and* boring,” Musk said in a tweet on Friday:

Musk tried to sabotage the book’s progress while it was being written by telling Higgins much of the book was “nonsense,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Musk did not appear to be involved in the creation and maintenance of Power Play. In an author’s note, Higgins wrote that Musk was given many opportunities to comment on the facts, stories, and characterizations in these pages. He stated, “Most of the information you will find in this book, although not all, is absurd.”

Higgins says that Musk had “plenty of opportunities” to comment and that the story of the conversation with Cook “comes from Musk’s account of the conversation, according to people who heard the retelling at the time.” In an earlier tweet, he also characterized the story of Musk and Cook’s conversation as one that was “told inside Tesla as the company struggled with the Model X.”

He also says that Apple “was given several opportunities to comment prior publication and declined.”

Higgins did not respond to our request for comment. A representative of the publisher pointed out Higgins’ Twitter account.

Shortly after tweeting that he has never met Cook, Musk tweeted supporting Epic’s fight against Apple and its rules on the App Store. “Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet,” Musk said. “Epic is correct.”

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