Tesla vs Former Employee Story Takes Bizarre Twist With an Alleged Threat

Tesla alleges a former employee made false claims about flaws in the Model 3 anong other assertions

Tesla alleges a former employee made false claims about flaws in the Model 3 anong other assertions

Tesla's suit alleges that Tripp hacked Tesla's computer systems, stole gigabytes worth of confidential data, and told news outlets straight-up lies about the company.

"As a result of these and other issues, on or about May 17, 2018, Tripp was assigned to a new role".

This news comes after a leaked memo made its rounds across the internet earlier this week with claims that a disgruntled employee had purposefully programmed Tesla's manufacturing line with the malicious intent of stymieing production.

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The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday contends that Martin Tripp of Sparks, Nevada, also made false claims to the media about information he stole, including claims that the company used punctured battery cells in the Model 3 electric vehicle. The firm's attorneys said Tripp worked at Tesla from October to last week, when company investigators confronted him with evidence. It was formatted to continue to export sensitive data off to unknown third parties even after Tripp left Tesla. Tesla lawyers have sought a court order for Tripp's electronic communications, and have claimed Tripp was "disruptive and combative" with colleagues. 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". The company, which last week said it would slash 9 percent of its workforce, is speeding closer to a critical deadline to prove it can hit a long-delayed goal: building 5,000 Model 3s a week.

A Tesla spokesperson recently told CNBC that the company received a threat from an alleged "friend of Mr. Tripp" who claimed that he would come to the Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada and "shoot the place up".

Musk: "You should ashamed of yourself for framing other people". During the investors' event, Musk noted that Tesla would be doing another 1 GWh project less than a year from now, with more growth set to happen within the next few years.

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But it wasn't just the sabotage to Tesla's production line and fake news stories that concerned the automaker. Shortly after the lawsuit was made public, Tripp gave interviews to both CNN and the Washington Post stating he was seeking official legal protection. "I'm a scapegoat because I provided information that is absolutely true", he said.

We reached out to Tesla to hear what they have to say about the whole saga.

According to Reuters, the information comes from three internal company documents and statements from seven present and former Tesla employees.

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