The Tesla business executive jumped feet first into online drama on Thursday when TMZ reported that Roberto Escobar, the brother of the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, had accused Musk of stealing his flamethrower plan.
It’s Not a Flamethrower, Mr Escobar https://t.co/TXH02nixIc
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 11, 2019
According to TMZ, an engineer related to Musk visited Escobar’s business compound somewhere around the summer of 2017. throughout that point, Escobar allegedly mentioned developing a “toy flamethrower” with the engineer. Apparently, no more discussions were held between the 2 camps, that left Escobar dismayed once The Boring Company declared it had been developing its own flamethrower in January of 2018. additionally per the report: Escobar and the company are considering their legal choices.
“Elon, we both know you stole from me, I am OK to settle this right now for $100 million. Tesla shares are OK or cash. I will win in court, and you will lose more than $100 million. Maybe I will make myself a new Tesla CEO with the courts?” Escobar was quoted as saying.
His company is presently merchandising a weapon system, that is on the market simply over one year when Musk’s Boring Company launched its own ‘Not A Flamethrower’, that was given its name to avoid restrictions on shipping. Mr. Escobar claimed to possess met a Musk representative who worked for Tesla in 2017 and mentioned building a weapon system that can be wont to ‘burn money’.
Called “Not A Flamethrower,” Musk’s device priced $500 apiece went out of stock. To compete with Elon Musk’s product, Roberto Escobar put his flamethrower on sale for $250.