Tesla, SpaceX and Starlink CEO Elon Musk said that after he appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast he and his company were tested for “everything.”
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The incident happened in 2018 and he talked about it on appearance Thursday on the “Full Send” podcast with Nelk Boys and John Shahidi.
He said that taking “like one puff” of marijuana during his appearance on Rogan’s show was not a wise decision.
“I did get a lot of backlash,” he said as he laughed. “Because it’s still federally illegal.”
“It was pretty nutty, actually,” the CEO said. “So, I had to have like random drug tests and stuff after that to prove that I’m not like a drug addict.”
“So like the SpaceX competitors were like ‘Hey, why aren’t you doing anything? Look at him … brazenly smoking weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast,’” he said.
“They drug tested me for everything,” the CEO said. “Randomly. I couldn’t like you know pick a day … I had to have a whole year of random drug tests.”
“The consequences for me and for SpaceX were actually not good,” he said. “Because it’s federally illegal … unfortunately it wasn’t just me but the whole company. All of SpaceX had to have random drug tests.”
Last month he responded to a lawsuit from Twitter with a lawsuit of his own.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday as part of the ongoing legal battle that has begun after he abandoned the $44 billion deal to purchase the company, The New York Post reported.
“The 164-page suit was filed under seal just before the judge-imposed 5 p.m. deadline, so its contents were not immediately visible to the public. Under court rules, a partially redacted version may be available next week,” the report said.
“I have reviewed the counterclaims and declare that the matter contained therein insofar as it concerns my acts and deeds is true, and insofar as it relates to the acts and deeds of any other person, I believe it to be true,” a filing that was signed by Musk said.
Twitter spokesman Brian Poliakoff declined to comment on the countersuit.
J.B. Heaton, an investment researcher and former corporate attorney, told The Post that Musk’s countersuit was likely filed under seal because it includes information that Twitter shared with Musk under a non-disclosure agreement or other restrictions.
“It’s almost certainly because they are including facts that they have gained under an expectation of confidentiality from Twitter,” Heaton said.
Delaware Court of Chancery Judge Kathaleen McCormick will likely make the two sides agree on a partially redacted version that could be released to the public within a week, according to Heaton.
Twitter scored a major victory against Elon Musk as a judge granted its request for an expedited trial.
It will be a five-day trial beginning in October. The company originally asked for a four-day trial in September to have Musk “honor his obligations,” Yahoo Finance reported.
Musk’s lawyers asked the court to delay the trial to February 2023. They claimed Twitter was in a sudden rush to complete a trial and force the acquisition following two months of alleged “foot-dragging and obfuscation” over requested data relating to bots and other fake accounts. Musk accused Twitter of underreporting the volume of bogus accounts (and failing to provide enough information) in a bid to clinch the deal. As part of the call for a delay, Musk’s lawyers also claimed they needed more time to search Twitter’s raw “firehose” data.
While Twitter didn’t get exactly what it wanted, the ruling is a clear victory for the social network. It won’t have to wait long to obtain a decision and may force Musk to rely primarily on the claims he made when he announced plans to back out of the purchase. There’s a chance Musk may have to continue with the buyout before the year is over, no matter how much he might regret making the offer.
Musk is rolling out a new strategy aimed at blowing up his $44 billion deal to purchase Twitter.
According to reports, the billionaire is planning to countersue the social media giant after Twitter’s board of directors announced they had hired a legal team to sue Musk last week for trying to back out.
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“Musk refuses to honor his obligations to Twitter and its stockholders because the deal he signed no longer serves his personal interests,” the company said in the lawsuit. “Musk apparently believes that he — unlike every other party subject to Delaware contract law — is free to change his mind, trash the company, disrupt its operations, destroy stockholder value, and walk away.”
Musk’s decision to tank the deal came after he and his investment group were unable to obtain more precise information from Twitter about the real number of bot and fake accounts on the platform.
Late Monday, the New York Post reported that Musk’s legal team will ask the Delaware Court of Chancery to grant them more time to obtain additional information regarding bot accounts.