Tesla describes former employee Martin Tripp as a criminal, a man who hacked into Tesla's systems in order steal information and sully the company's reputation on safety. But he grew disillusioned after witnessing what he claims were wasteful practices generating excessive scrap materials and inaccurate claims by Musk about Model 3 production numbers. Post reporter Drew Harwell later tweeted that Tripp told him Musk emailed him shortly after the lawsuit today to say he was a "horrible person". He also claimed that Tesla's assertion that he was disgruntled after being passed over for a promotion, Tripp said: "That's their generic excuse, I could literally care less".
While Tesla's lawyers say Tripp, who was sacked last week after working as a technician at the Gigafactory for about eight months, was upset over losing a promotion, Tripp says the row between him and the company was borne over his role as a whistleblower.
But it wasn't just the sabotage to Tesla's production line and fake news stories that concerned the automaker.
The lawsuit document, obtained by CNBC, stated Tripp "unlawfully hacked the company's confidential and trade secret information" and "transferred that information to third parties and also made false claims to the media about the information he stole". Musk said Tripp started the email conversation.
However, Tripp is claiming he is simply a whistleblower.
Musk told Tripp that he should be ashamed of himself for framing other people and that he is a frightful human being. According to Techcrunch, Tesla could sue the defendant for up to $1 million for any alleged data theft. The company is seeking an unknown amount in damages, which will be decided at trial. Tripp fired back and said putting unsafe cars on the road is being a "horrible human being".
Tripp: "Don't worry, you have what's coming to you for the lies you have told to the public and investors".
Tesla is dismissing more than 3,000 workers from its California headquarters and beyond, according to a report from Bloomberg.
I suggested that instead of building any auto, it would be more fun for tour-goers, who are mostly Tesla owners, to help build a part of their own vehicle. "I was living the mission: to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy".
It would indeed be more hard because you need to time your visit with your vehicle going into the specific part of the production line where it makes sense to let inexperienced people help to work on the auto.
He said he did not share the information to hurt Tesla but to shine a light on potential dangers.
"Threatening me only makes it worse for you", Mr Musk replied, later adding: "Betraying your word of honour, breaking the deal you had when Tesla gave you a job and framing your colleagues are wrong and some come with legal penalties".