Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
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Tesla accounting chief quits over Tesla’s "level of public attention"

Tesla accounting chief quits over Tesla’s

Shares of electric auto maker Tesla have fallen more than 6 per cent after company CEO Elon Musk smoked marijuana during a podcast interview and the company's accounting chief left after a month on the job.

Shares of Tesla fell more than 6 per cent to reach a five-month low on Friday morning following the departure of the company's chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, who resigned less than a month into the job on Friday.

Tesla 's HR boss Gaby Toledano will not return from the leave of absence she took last month, Bloomberg reports.

Elon Musk sparked concern with shareholders after smoking marijuana live web show with USA comedian Joe Rogan late Thursday night while discussing a plethora of random subjects, including artificial, flame throwers and social media. An episode of Joe Rogan's popular podcast released today seemed to show Musk smoking marijuana-something that's legal under California law but remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has smoked marijuana live on the web during a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan.

It wasn't the first time Musk's tweeting put him into some potential legal trouble: Vernon Unsworth, the British diver who assisted in the Thai cave rescue this summer, filed a lawsuit against the executive for calling him a "pedo" online.

Musk spent more than 2 1/2 hours talking to Rogan, a comic and martial-arts color commentator.

Musk said that when it comes to social media he only uses Twitter, and that is for its power to get messages out.


Musk caused jitters for shareholders last month when he announced, out of the blue, that he was planning to make the company private, before backtracking and saying it would remain public.

"I'm not a regular smoker of weed", Musk said.

The ill-fated effort has prompted a U.S. securities investigation and a class-action lawsuit alleging Musk was trying to punish investors who bet against the company. Musk brazenly declared that he had funding in the neighborhood of $50 billion Dollars from unnamed sources secured and ready to take the company private.

The episode also raised concern about Musk's health.

Musk asks, "Is that a joint?"

Musk has come under heavy pressure in recent weeks over his botched attempt to take Tesla private and his erratic behavior.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk at a news conference on February 6.

Later on Friday, Tesla named a new president of automotive operations, promoting eight-year Tesla employee and former Daimler truck exec Jerome Guillen into the role overseeing all automotive operations and reporting to Musk.

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