Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) – Elon Musk on Allegations He Stole Tesla from Eberhard: “No one left with him. That says it all ‘


Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk on Sunday dismissed claims he ‘stole’ the automaker from chief executive Martin Eberhard, saying more workers at the electric vehicle company would have left with Eberhard if it was the case.What happened: “When Eberhard was fired from Tesla CEO in mid-2007 for providing me with false information [and] the board of directors, no one left with him. That says it all, ”the billionaire entrepreneur said on Twitter.

Musk was responding to a string of tweets by @enn_nafnlaus, where the user claimed it was a lie that Martin Eberhard founded Tesla or that ‘Elon Musk stole from him’.

Musk also called the information on Wikipedia about Eberhard’s role “sketchy” and claimed it glorified his role.

Tesla’s Wikipedia entry currently states that the company was founded by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003. The free encyclopedia states that Elon Musk, Ian Wright and JB Straubel have joined as the next three employees and have then were allowed to nominate themselves as co-founders. as part of the 2009 trial settlement.

Reference is also made on Tesla’s Wikipedia page to a 2009 CNET article about the lawsuit Eberhard filed, alleging that Musk sought to rewrite Tesla’s history after he was ousted from his CEO position in 2007.

A deal emerged after the lawsuit in which the automaker accepted that there were five founders of Tesla, according to CNET.

Why is this important: Musk called Eberhard “literally the worst person I’ve ever worked with” in a podcast discussing the early days of Tesla’s history in February.

In response, Eberhard said Musk’s statements during the podcast violated a non-bashing agreement.

“This podcast, along with Musk’s recent attacks on me on Twitter, are outright violations of his mutual non-bashing agreements with Tesla with me.”

Musk also criticized Wikipedia and said in August, “History is written by the victors… except on Wikipedia haha.”

He then “begged” his Twitter followers to throw him on Wikipedia, which forced his page to be locked due to “inbound vandalism.”

Price action: Tesla stock closed nearly 1.9% higher at $ 433.95 on Friday and gained 0.12% in the after-hours session.

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