Tesla's Elon Musk provoked another twitter storm on Friday by briefly smoking marijuana on a live web show with comedian Joe Rogan. A podcast appearance Thursday night featuring whiskey, a joint and a Samurai sword was only the latest example of Musk's eccentric behavior.
Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton gave his notice on Tuesday that he was resigning less than a month into the job, according to a Friday filing.
Tesla will stay public, Musk said on August 24, ending more than two weeks of speculation and calculation about how much a go-private deal would cost and who could be involved in it. The Palo Alto, California-based company faces concerns about its limited cash balance, maturing debt and struggle to steadily build high volumes of the Model 3 sedan, the first electric vehicle that Musk has attempted to mass-manufacture.
Musk then said: "I'm not a regular smoker of weed".
Musk did not mention the incident in his interview on Rogan's podcast, which lasted more than two hours.
Executive changes at Tesla are closely watched, and this one was made especially notable by the more-than-boilerplate statement in the filing, attributed to Morton.
Depending on your perspective, you may be a bit conflicted as you digest the Friday morning news surrounding Tesla Inc.
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Prominent short-seller Andrew Left has sued Tesla and Musk, saying in his proposed class-action complaint on Thursday that Musk's issuance of materially false and misleading information related to his abandoned plan harmed both short-sellers and those hoping the stock would rise.
The fallout comes as the firm is under renewed scrutiny due to the erratic behaviour of Mr Musk.
But the most questionable action came when Musk tweeted August 7 that he had secured funding to take the company private at $420 per share to get away from the short-term pressure of Wall Street. The accusation seemed prompted by the man's criticism of Musk's contributions to the rescue. Morton stated that "the level of public attention placed on the company" and "the pace within the company" caused him to reconsider his future.
Mr Morton said he still believes strongly in Tesla's "mission and future prospects" and has "no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting". They have fallen about 18 percent since Musk's tweet on taking the company private on August 7. She had been on leave for a few months to be with her family, Tesla wrote in a blog post.
He may have been referring to the ongoing spat with Unsworth, which may culminate in a lawsuit or even the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission investigation he triggered when he suggested on Twitter that Tesla might go private.