Tesla Says It Received a ‘Voluntary Request For Documents’ From the DOJ

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His first tweet revealing the paradigm shift sympathizes with his customers, and the following statement in the thread commented on how the new Tesla mentality is being put into action already with repairs being completed in under 24 hours rather than over months.

He also claimed that Musk falsely called him a child rapist and sex trafficker in an August 30 email to BuzzFeed News.

The lawsuit also demands an unspecified amount in punitive damages and a court order that would stop Musk from making further allegations.

Unsworth is seeking unspecified damages "for the worldwide damage he has suffered to his reputation", according to the lawsuit, which noted that a separate complaint was being readied in the High Court of London. But a person familiar with the investigation said it is a fraud probe seeking to determine whether Musk's statements were meant to mislead investors.

The battle of words dates back to earlier this summer when a team of 12 Thai soccer players and their coach were trapped in a cave in Northern Thailand.

The case adds to a slew of litigation against Musk, including over his running of Palo Alto, California-based Tesla.

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The DOJ probe was launched after Musk boasted on Twitter that he had "funding secured" for taking Tesla private last month, Bloomberg News reported, citing two anonymous sources.

Tesla shares are down 8% year-to-date.

He subsequently backed away from the plan, but the episode sparked questions about Mr Musk's erratic leadership.

The July 15 tweet by Mr Musk touted the mini-submarine and then, referring to Mr Unsworth with a shorthand description of paedophile, said, "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it". The company appears poised towards a record quarter, particularly after Elon Musk noted in a letter to employees that Tesla is "about to have the most wonderful quarter in (its) history, building and delivering more than twice as many cars as (it) did last quarter".

Mr Musk and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX, built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue.

During the interview, Unsworth called it a "PR stunt" and said it wouldn't have worked to help the boys.

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