Grimes And Azealia Banks Have Been Subpoenaed In Tesla Lawsuit
Celebs Grimes and Azealia Banks have been subpoenaed in the multi-million dollar Tesla lawsuit.
In what's been a true cautionary tale of our times, Elon Musk is learning the hard way that he probably shouldn't have written an in-joke about weed on Twitter.
The offending tweet -- which is still live on Musk's page -- was supposed to be a a secret ~marijuana message~ for his indie pop-star girlfriend, Grimes (real name Claire Boucher).
"Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," he wrote. "Shareholders could either to [sic] sell at 420 or hold shares & go private," he added in a separate tweet.
Tesla investors were incensed by the tweets which -- they say -- falsely claimed that the energy company was going private.
According to the lawsuit, which Pitchfork has viewed, the investors say they were "injured to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars" due to Musk's "materially false and misleading statements, as well as their market manipulation".
And Azealia Banks is involved in this whole mess because the tweets were apparently written at the time the rapper claimed to have been stuck at Musk's house 'for days' waiting for Grimes.
Banks subsequently had a lot to say about the entrepreneur "scrounging for investors" and said that Musk was high on acid when he wrote the "420" tweets.
She later apologised for the remarks but the Tesla investors' lawyers say her insight is key to wrapping up this expensive legal battle . "Ms. Banks has proven to be a key source of information in this matter," the lawsuit reads.
Now, both Grimes and Azealia Banks have been subpoenaed for the "preservation of documents" which means they're not allowed to destroy anything (including tweets, texts, DMS etc) that could be considered evidence.
Musk's lawyer has been trying to keep Grimes out of the whole saga -- arguing earlier this month that a subpoena would only "sensationalise these proceedings".
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