Tesla has hit one of its prominent Twitter critics and short sellers with a restraining order – the same person who recently discovered and photographed a Model 3, filmed by Tesla ahead of a planned "Autonomy Investor Day" in April The company received a 2007 injunction from California's Alameda County Superior Court, first discovered by PlainSite.org. It is not clear whether the interim order was ordered.
Tesla claims California-based Randeep Hothi has "stolen, harassed and threatened" three of its employees who drove Model 3 on a highway in Bay Area last week. The company says Hothi "drove these employees on the highway for about 35 minutes, drove fore and aft, and drove dangerously close to the vehicle." Tesla claims that Hothi even got close enough to the model 3 The car's safety function was triggered.
The automaker also claims Hothi met one of his employees in February when he abused and monitored the company's factory in Fremont, California have. It is said that Hothi did not stop and "leave the scene".
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Neither Tesla nor Hothi responded to requests for comment.
Under the username @skabooshka, Hothi published Model 3 Pictures on Twitter Thursday . He found that there were cameras on the back and inside the car, and guessed the Model 3 was filmed for the event on Monday. He claimed that the car had violated speed limits, and found that it performed simple tasks such as lane changes, suggesting that Tesla could misrepresent the footage at the Monday event.
Hothi is one of many Tesla sellers, according to his Twitter account. Short sellers are people who bet that a company's stock price is going down. Those who focus on Tesla have built a thriving community on Twitter where they work together around the hashtag #TSLAQ to find out what they believe is fraudulent activity by the company and its CEO, Elon Musk.
Musk has a long history taunting people who leave Tesla's supply. He has promised to burn her several times over the last few years, and he and his company have even killed one of the most well-known anonymous short sellers on Twitter, a user named @MontanaSkeptic. With the filing of the interim order on Friday, and including information on @skabooshka's Model 3 tweets, Musk's company has once again highlighted one of its most prominent short sellers.
Tesla says Hothi's actions are beyond the photography of the Model 3 test. In his original motion for interim relief, Tesla said Hothi had "left a history of intrusion in Tesla's facilities" and "illegally" taken photos and videos of these locations and uploaded them to Twitter. Hothi and other Tesla sellers often sell photos and videos of employee parking lots to gauge whether the company is working full production. They also take pictures of parking lots that Tesla keeps inventory of which they say they give an insight into the demand of the cars of the company or not. Much of her research takes place on the tslaq.org website.
Shortly after PlainSite publicized the injunction, Musk responded to a 2018 tweet in which he accused Hothi as a person behind the @skabooshka account. This tweet links to a document on an image hosting site, where Hothi is accused of attacking Tesla because his brother is reportedly working for Volkswagen. "This is extremely confused. @VW what's up? "Musk wrote.
(Last week's Wall Street Journal reported that Musk had emailed the CEO of the Volkswagen Group as to whether "a Volkswagen employee criticized Tesla on Twitter for a false name"), Musk said in the journal . that "This replied that it was the guy's brother, that's pretty much everything.")
"I will not rest, that's my promise," the @ skabooshka account wrote on Saturday night. "Tesla is a zero. @elonmusk will go to jail. "