Tesla accounting chief quits over Tesla’s "level of public attention"

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That followed a twitter storm overnight about Musk smoking marijuana and drinking whisky in a 2-1/2-hour live web show with comedian Joe Rogan.

The interview lasted over two hours and saw the Tesla CEO speaking with Rogan about a range of subjects, including the dangers of artificial intelligence and the problems with discourse on social media platforms.

"You probably can't do this because of stockholders, right?" While Musk was in California where recreational use of marijuana is legal, his antics certainly did not sit well with investors.

The company disclosed the departure in a regulatory filing. Musk also gave broad details about how the plane would be powered.

Musk shrugged but said nothing. The chairman and CEO of both Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., among other companies, recently gave an emotional interview to The New York Times in which he said friends were anxious about exhaustion.

And the electric-car maker has been no stranger to controversy this summer: Musk came under fire in early August when he unexpectedly sent out a tweet saying he was considering taking Tesla private, and had the "funding secured".

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Shares of Tesla slumped 8.3 percent in pre-market trading to $257.80.

Shares of the electric carmaker tumbled as much as 10 percent on Friday, with investors on edge after a tumultuous August during which Musk proposed and then abruptly pulled the plug on a go-private deal.

Elon Musk took a drag on a joint during his interview with former UFC commentator Joe Rogan. "Do people get upset at you if you do certain things?"

"I have a design for a plane", said Musk (partial transcript via The Verge), adding, "I've thought about this quite a lot, quite a lot". At one point, Musk inhaled, exhaled, and shrugged the experience off before picking up a glass of whiskey and observing that alcohol is a drug that's "been grandfathered in". "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future", Morton said in the filing.

Morton - who did not respond to a request for comment - joined Tesla last month from Seagate Technology where he served as a VP for two decades and CFO for nearly three years.

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