Twitter, as we know, is in shambles. It has probably been even before the new owner Elon Musk took over reluctantly. However, the billionaire isn’t in any mood to resolve a number of issues that are crippling the company. That also includes rent. Per Business Insider, according to a new lawsuit filed by six former Twitter employees, Elon Musk told an investor that he would only pay the rent of the company’s office over his dead body. It was a 4 a.m. conversation between Musk and the investor.
Over the course of the last couple of months, landlords of Twitter offices across London, New York City, and San Francisco (where it is headquartered currently), have sued the company for not paying up the rents.
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According to a new leaked conversation in the fresh lawsuit, Joseph Killian, former supervisor of Twitter’s office design, was aware of Musk’s plans to not pay the rent. Killian had been an employee at the bird app for about 12 years. Per the conversation, Killian tried to convince Musk via an investor Mendoza about the billionaire’s dangerous plan of not paying the rent.
Musk bluntly told Mendoza that not paying rent was non-negotiable with ‘over his dead body’ remark.
Elon Musk told a Twitter advisor at 4 a.m. that the company would only pay rent ‘over his dead body,’ lawsuit says https://t.co/sy3A0oGJcf
— Insider Business (@BusinessInsider) May 18, 2023
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Per the lawsuit, Twitter has failed to compensate former employees with severance packages. The lawsuit is against Musk, Twitter, and X Corp. accusing them of violating 14 counts, including labor rights law, breach of contract, and fraud.