Elon Musk sparred with a lawyer in court on Monday, calling him a 'bad human' who asked 'tricky and deceptive' questions
Elon Muskcalled a lawyer representing Teslashareholders a "bad human" in court on Monday.
- Musk was defending Tesla's 2016 acquisition of SolarCity.
- Musk told the lawyer that his questions were "tricky and deceptive."
Elon Musk sparred with a lawyer representing Tesla shareholders in court on Monday, calling the attorney a "bad human."
Musk gave lengthy responses to yes-or-no questions during the trial at
Musk told Baron that some of his questions were "really tricky and deceptive," the reports said.
"I think you are a bad human being," Musk told Baron after the lawyer asked him if he was being "derisive" in his answers to questions, the Journal and The Washington Post reported.
"You were mentored by criminals, then continued to be mentored by criminals," Musk told Baron, citing examples of criminal wrongdoing by a former partner at a firm that was a predecessor of Baron's law firm, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, The Post reported.
Tesla shareholders filed the lawsuit in 2017, accusing Musk of pressuring the company's board to effectively bail out SolarCity in the $2.6 billion deal. Musk owned a roughly 22% stake in Tesla and SolarCity at the time, according to Reuters.
Lyndon Rive, SolarCity's cofounder and Musk's cousin, described the firm as "super low on cash" and in need of capital in an email to an unnamed person in 2016, soon after the deal was announced.
Musk denied that he had benefited from the deal. "Since it was a stock-for-stock transaction and I owned almost exactly the same percentage of both there was no financial gain," he told the court on Monday, according to CNBC.
In an email to Insider, Baron said that the full damages sought in the
SolarCity became Tesla Energy, Tesla's solar-power division, after the acquisition. Tesla
Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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