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Musk Fails to Get Tesla Critic’s Defamation Lawsuit Thrown Out

Randeep Hothi
Randeep Hothi Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk failed to turn the tables on a critic of the company who sued him for defamation.

A California state judge rejected Musk’s argument that the suit filed by Randeep Hothi was baseless and should be thrown out as an attempt to silence the billionaire’s free speech.


Hothi, a University of Michigan graduate student known as “@skabooshka” on Twitter, drew Musk’s wrath two years ago after two incidents, both of which Hothi claims were harmless.