Four former Twitter executives, including former CEO Parag Agrawal, have launched a lawsuit against Elon Musk.
Four former Twitter executives, including former CEO Parag Agrawal, have launched a lawsuit against Elon Musk.

Lawsuit Targets Elon Musk Over Unpaid Severance to Former Twitter CEO

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Four former Twitter executives, including ex-CEO Parag Agrawal, have filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk, claiming they are owed more than $128 million in severance payments. 

Musk’s acquisition of Twitter (now X) led to the termination of these executives, who assert they have not received the compensation owed to them upon their departure.

Special Ire and Allegations of Retaliation:

The lawsuit alleges that Musk harbors a “special ire” toward the former executives, particularly Agrawal, Segal, Edgett, and Gadde. 

Musk’s reported remarks about “hunting down” Twitter’s former C-suite members until their demise, as cited from Walter Isaacson’s biography, underscore the alleged animosity Musk holds towards these individuals.

Criticism and Online Attacks:

Musk’s vocal criticism of Gadde, who was involved in significant content moderation decisions on Twitter, is highlighted in the lawsuit. 

His public mockery of Gadde through memes reportedly incited racist online attacks against her, further exacerbating the contentious relationship between Musk and the former executives.

Pattern of Litigation:

The lawsuit suggests a pattern of behavior by Musk to avoid fulfilling financial obligations, citing previous lawsuits from former Twitter employees awaiting severance payments. 

Additionally, Musk’s handling of office rent payments for Twitter’s premises has resulted in further legal disputes and evictions, contributing to the litigation against him.

Allegations of Lack of Evidence:

Despite Musk’s claims of “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct” by the former executives in their termination letters, the lawsuit asserts that Musk has failed to provide evidence to substantiate these allegations. 

The plaintiffs argue that Musk’s tactics prolong legal proceedings and impose undue burden on those seeking rightful compensation.

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