Elon Musk muses about life over whiskey and weed

Elon Musk smokes joint during live interview in latest episode of series of bizarre behaviour

Tesla CEO and certified loose cannon Elon Musk has frightened nervous investors yet again, after appearing on a live stream of comedian Joe Rogan's podcast and smoking a big fat joint. "We believe Musk attempted to manipulate the price of Tesla securities with false and misleading tweets, in a directed effort to harm short-sellers".

His brother Kimbal Musk told the newspaper that the reason Mr Musk "seems to attract drama" is because he is "so transparent, so open, in a way that can come back to bite him".

"It's marijuana inside of tobacco", Rogan replied and asked if Musk had ever had it.

The executive has had a few tough months in the news, culminating in a failed attempt to take Tesla public that led to a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.

Even before Musk's surprise August 7 tweet that he had funding "secured" for a go-private deal, Tesla had been under scrutiny from investors, analysts and short-sellers as it works to hit production targets and slow its cash burn. Musk asked his host after he took out a large joint and lit it up.

"It's very hard to keep a auto company alive", Musk told the interviewer, just one of many unconventional statements he made that likely spooked investors.

The news of Morton's resignation comes just after Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk's interview with comedian Joe Rogan Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the company announced in a regulatory filing the departure of Morton, who is quoted by Tesla as stepping down due to the level of public scrutiny and the pace at the company but not over any disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting.

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Musk has security clearance because another of his companies, SpaceX, provides satellite launch services to the USA government. "When Morton offered advice about capitalizing the company through other means rather than going private, he was ignored, said the people". Over the past year, the company burned through roughly $2.4 billion of cash, with interest expense totaling $577 million, according to the research firm CreditSights. While Musk was in California where recreational use of marijuana is legal, his antics certainly did not sit well with investors.

Accounting chief David Morton reportedly resigned just a month after joining the company.

Musk also promoted Dave Arnold to senior director of global communications, taking over for Sarah O'Brien, whose last day was scheduled to be Friday.

A Tesla spokesperson wasn't immediately available to comment.

Earlier this week, Musk doubled down on an incendiary allegation against a British cave explorer who helped save 12 boys trapped in a flooded cavern in Thailand this summer.

The exodus from Tesla continued Friday morning, after news that two more executives had called it quits. Not long after, it was also reported the company's human resources chief Gaby Toledano won't be returning from leave.

The billionaire this week labelled the cave diver a "child rapist" in a rambling email to reporters - prompting the Brit to reveal he is planning to sue Musk in three different countries.

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