Prospective jurors in a civil lawsuit against Elon Musk have tagged him “smart, successful” “off his rocker” and even “narcissistic.”
Elon Musk is facing trial for a false Tweet he made in 2018 when he claimed that he had secured the funds to take Tesla private at $420 a share.
Amongst a jury of nine people who were chosen, to preside over the case, “I think he’s a little off his rocker, on a personal level,” one possible juror wrote. “I truly believe you can’t judge a person until you walk in their shoes,” said another possible juror, who added that Mr Musk seemed “narcissistic.”
Another person said Mr Musk had a “mercenary” personality because he’s “willing to take risks… that’s my image of him.” While another called him a “fast-rising businessman,” while yet another said he was a “smart, successful pioneer.” “I think he is not a very likeable person,” said another person.
Elon Musk has previously requested that the shareholder lawsuit trial be moved from San Francisco to Texas, Tesla’s headquarters, claiming that negative local media coverage has prejudiced potential jurors against him.
He wants the Texas court to hear the lawsuit accusing him of causing volatility in Tesla’s share price after claiming he had enough financing to take the company private. If the trial is not moved to Texas, the lawyers believe it should be postponed until the negative media coverage surrounding Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter dies down.
The sources for this piece include an article in BBC.