- Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla is seeking to create a “hardcore litigation department.”
- An Insider investigation found a flight attendant accused Musk of sexual misconduct.
- The tech mogul said he wants to recruit “hardcore street fighters” for the department.
Elon Musk said he’s building a “hardcore litigation department” at Tesla that will report directly to him.
He tweeted Friday that Tesla is building a team that would “seek victory in a just case against us, even if we will probably win.” He added that the team would “never surrender/settle an unjust case against us, even if we will probably lose.”
An Insider investigation published on Thursday found that a SpaceX flight attendant was paid for her silence as she accused the tech mogul of exposing his erect penis, touching her leg, and offering to give her a horse in exchange for a sexual favor in late 2016. Documents and interviews procured by Insider indicate she declined the offer.
Musk told Insider there was “a lot more to this story” and, after the article’s publication, called the accusations “utterly untrue.” He also described the story a “politically motivated hit piece.”
Musk said Friday he’s looking for “hardcore streetfighters” for his litigation department, adding: “There will be blood.” The tech mogul also said he was not looking for lawyers who “thrive on corruption.”
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
At the time when the sexual misconduct is said to have occurred, Musk announced that Tesla wanted to develop solar roofs. A month later, Tesla completed its takeover of SolarCity, a company founded by Musk’s cousins. That deal later resulted in a $2 billion lawsuit from Tesla shareholders, which Musk won in April this year.
Musk was dating Amber Heard and finalizing a divorce around the time he is said to have harassed the SpaceX flight attendant, Insider reported earlier. Heard is participating in a high-profile defamation trial against her former husband, Johnny Depp.
According to Insider’s investigation, SpaceX paid the flight attendant a $250,000 severance agreement in 2018 in exchange for a promise not to sue over the claims or discuss the payment, Musk, or his businesses.