Twitter dismisses Elon Musk’s claims that he was hoodwinked to buy the company

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Twitter Inc on Thursday dismissed Elon Musk’s claims in a Delaware court docket submitting that he was hoodwinked into signing the deal to purchase the social media firm, saying that it was “implausible and opposite to reality.”

Musk made the claims in a countersuit filed below seal final Friday, which was made public on Thursday.

“Based on Musk, he — the billionaire founding father of a number of firms, suggested by Wall Avenue bankers and attorneys — was hoodwinked by Twitter into signing a $44 billion merger settlement. That story is as implausible and opposite to reality because it sounds,” the submitting launched by Twitter on Thursday stated.

Twitter’s submitting is the most recent salvo in what’s constructing as much as be an more and more acrimonious authorized showdown between the world’s richest particular person and the social media large.

The 2 sides head to trial on Oct. 17 after Musk sought to desert his deal to accumulate Twitter over what he says is a misrepresentation of faux accounts on the positioning.

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The San Francisco-based firm is attempting to drive Musk to observe by means of on the deal and accuses him of sabotaging it as a result of it not served his pursuits.

A consultant for Musk didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Within the counterclaims made public Thursday, Musk accuses Twitter of stepping up efforts to hide the true variety of its customers, because the market plummeted.

“As a protracted bull market was coming to an in depth, and the tide was going out, Twitter knew that offering the Musk Events the data they have been requesting would reveal that Twitter had been swimming bare,” the counterclaims say.

Twitter counters that Musk has not “pleaded a shred of proof” for these “fact-free” allegations.

‘FACT-FREE’ ALLEGATIONS

Musk additionally claims that “Twitter’s misrepresentations run far deeper than merely offering incorrect numbers” about its spam or false accounts.

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Whereas “Twitter touts having 238 million ‘monetizable every day energetic customers,’ these customers who really see adverts” is roughly 65 million decrease, Musk says within the counterclaims.

Twitter maintains that its SEC disclosures about monetizable every day energetic customers have been correct.

Musk, the chief govt of electrical automotive firm Tesla Inc, supplied to purchase Twitter for $54.20 per share in April, saying he believed in its potential as a worldwide platform without cost speech.

However he soured on Twitter as its inventory worth lagged his takeover bid, and commenced expressing skepticism that bot and spam accounts represented lower than 5% of customers.

Musk sought to again out on July 8 with out paying a $1 billion breakup price, citing Twitter’s failure to offer particulars on bot and spam accounts. Twitter sued him 4 days later.

Earlier this week, Twitter issued dozens of subpoenas to banks, traders and legislation corporations that backed Musk’s takeover bid, whereas Musk issued subpoenas to Twitter’s advisers at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan over their work.

Authorized consultants have stated Twitter’s requests instructed the corporate wished to know why Musk turned towards it, or whether or not he reneged on his obligation to acquire adequate financing.

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