Elon Musk has defended claims Saudi investors “unequivocally” wanted to take Tesla private during a trial into his allegedly”reckless” tweets.
Saudis backed taking Tesla private: Musk
Elon Musk has testified that he was sure he had backing from Saudi financiers in 2018 to take Tesla Inc private, as he defended against claims he defrauded investors by tweeting later that year about his electric car company.
At a trial in San Francisco federal court on Monday, Musk told the investors’ lawyer Nicholas Porritt that he had met with representatives of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory on July 31, 2018, and that “PIF unequivocally wanted to take Tesla private.”
The trial tests Musk’s penchant for taking to Twitter to air his sometimes irreverent views, and when the world’s second-richest person can be held liable for crossing a line.
At stake are millions of dollars for shareholders who claim they suffered losses after Musk tweeted in August 2018 that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private at $US420 ($A600) per share, and that “investor support is confirmed.”