- Tesla CEO’s courtroom strategy appears to be that he is his own best defense lawyer.
- With this strategy, more legal setbacks could be awaiting Eon Musk.
- The defamation trial kicks off early December.
Elon Musk suffered a legal blow earlier this week when a federal judge rejected the Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO’s attempts to have a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a British cave explorer thrown out. Now the tech visionary could be setting himself up for more legal setbacks with his newest decision to testify in his own defense in court. This is in the case filed by Vern Unsworth where he is accused of defaming the British cave explorer by calling him a pedophile.
Given Musk’s record and personality, this could turn out to be the worst decision he has ever made. Coming less than a week since the embarrassing unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck, the court appearance could turn out to be another moment where Musk tries to showcase solid bullet-proof arguments only to have holes poked in them!
Here are five reasons why Musk’s lawyers shouldn’t allow the Tesla CEO to take to the witness stand.
Elon Musk’s Credibility problem
It is no secret that Musk has a credibility problem. Several times he has issued statements on Twitter exaggerating Tesla’s delivery numbers and other company fundamentals.
Just last year, he stated that he was going to take Tesla private at $420 a share and that funding had been secured. None of this materialized. The list is long and all of this will serve the plaintiff’s lawyers in casting him as a witness whose testimony is not to be believed.
No matter how hard his lawyers prepare him, no matter how much time is spent coaching him, Musk could easily go off the beaten trail.
While testifying Elon Musk is likely to get asked questions he won’t like. Unfortunately, if the past is any guide, Musk doesn’t handle such situations well. A case in point is his behavior during an earnings call last year in…