The legal dispute between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and a group of Dogecoin investors has taken a new turn as the attorney representing the investors claims that Musk’s legal team is engaging in an “unlawful harassment campaign.” Evan Spencer, the lead lawyer in the class-action lawsuit against Musk, made the accusation in a filing submitted to a New York federal court. Spencer argued for the suspension of Musk’s lawyers from the case, citing their alleged use of dirty tactics.
According to Spencer, Musk’s legal team is utilizing their substantial financial resources to finance the harassment campaign against him and his clients. The accusation follows a series of filings and exchanges between the two parties. Spencer previously requested that Musk’s lawyers be removed from the case and face financial sanctions for their alleged dirty tactics during pre-trial proceedings.
At the core of the accusations is a letter written by Musk’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, which was reported on by the New York Post. The letter demanded the withdrawal of an amended complaint that claimed Musk had undisclosed control over two wallets involved in manipulating the price of Dogecoin. Spiro rejected the allegations and criticized Spencer’s competence as an attorney.
Musk’s legal team responded by calling Spencer’s request an insult and denying any unsubstantiated allegations of leaking information to the media. Spencer countered by stating that the leaked letter could only have come from Musk’s team or someone acting on their behalf. He also pointed to Musk’s past tweets about having a “hardcore litigation department” as evidence of his desire for aggressive legal representation.
In his filing, Spencer suggested that further attacks against him were forthcoming and accused Musk’s lawyers of intending to publish false claims about him in the media. However, he did not provide evidence to support these claims or cite any incidents beyond the New York Post article.
The ongoing legal battle, with a stake of $258 billion, began last year when the group of investors accused Musk of involvement in a racketeering scheme related to Dogecoin. Musk, who has shown enthusiasm for the cryptocurrency in the past, denies any wrongdoing.