Tesla representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Guardado's claims.
Tesla's chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, said he was leaving the company after considering the level of attention Tesla has received and the "pace within the company". "This caused me to reconsider my future".
Musk has admitted that running an electric vehicle and energy company like Tesla is exhausting, and in an interview with the New York Times last month, Musk stated that anyone who could do a better job can take over for him anytime. The company's 5.3 percent bonds declined as much as 4 cents to 81.75 cents on the dollar, a new low, according to Trace bond price data.
Tesla has long struggled with high turnover involving its senior executives, and its finance team in particular has gone through a period of significant tumult. CFO Deepak Ahuja retired in 2015, only to return previous year when his successor, Jason Wheeler, quit after just 15 months. He had been on the job for less than a month. Tesla is also facing an SEC investigation into the same issue.
During his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, which drew a lot of attention because Musk was sipping whisky and smoking marijuana in his first live interview since he tweeted that he was taking Tesla private, Musk and Rogan discussed artificial intelligence, flamethrowers, Tesla, smart homes, and solar energy.
An episode of Joe Rogan's popular podcast released today seemed to show Musk smoking marijuana-something that's legal under California law but remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
The plunge in Tesla's stock comes just a day after Elon Musk expressed his support for a report estimating the USA sales figures for electric cars now available in the United States. "It's very hard to keep a vehicle company alive".
FILE- In this June 24, 2018, file photo Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Musk has defended the pressure-cooker atmosphere as necessary to preserve the company.
Musk described the "negativity" on Twitter, and later added: "Be nicer to each other".
It has left many wondering, what's up with Elon Musk?
Musk's behaviour has created concern among Tesla shareholders who have questioned his leadership ability following a series of controversies in recent months.
Has Elon Musk taken Tesla as far as he can? "The ongoing, effectively self-inflicted public relations crisis is now affecting key personnel within the organization and detracting the market from the fundamentals (which have been improving dramatically through 2Q18)".