Elon Musk On Allegations Of Him Stealing Tesla From Eberhard: 'No One Left With Him. That Says It All'
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA), on Sunday denied allegations that he "stole" the automaker from managing director Martin Eberhard, claiming that more of the electric vehicle manufacturer's employees would have gone with Eberhard if they did .
What happened: “When Eberhard was released from the role of Tesla CEO in mid-2007 because he had provided me [and] the board with incorrect information, nobody was with him. That says it all, "said the billionaire on Twitter.
Musk responded to a series of tweets from @enn_nafnlaus in which the user claimed it was a lie that Martin Eberhard founded Tesla or that "Elon Musk stole it from him".
Musk also called the information provided on Wikipedia about Eberhard's role "sketchy", claiming that it glorified his role.
The Wikipedia entry for Tesla currently states that the company was founded in 2003 by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. The free encyclopedia states that Elon Musk, Ian Wright and JB Straubel were the next three employees and were later allowed to call themselves co-founders as part of the 2009 lawsuit.
Tesla's Wikipedia page also references a 2009 CNET article about Eberhard's lawsuit alleging Musk attempted to rewrite Tesla's history after his fall as CEO in 2007.
After the lawsuit, an agreement was reached in which the automaker accepted that there were five founders of Tesla, according to CNET.
Why It Matters: In a February podcast on the early history of Tesla, Musk described Eberhard as "literally the worst person I've ever worked with."
In response, Eberhard said that Musk's remarks during the podcast were in violation of a non-degrading agreement.
"This podcast, along with Musk's recent attacks on me on Twitter, is an utter violation of his and Tesla's mutual non-degradation agreements with me."
Musk also criticized Wikipedia, saying in August, "The winners make history ... except on Wikipedia, haha."
He then "asked" his followers on Twitter to discard him on Wikipedia, which led to his site being blocked for "incoming vandalism".
Price Action: Tesla stock closed nearly 1.9% higher at $ 433.95 on Friday and gained 0.12% in the off-hours session.
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