He alleges he was alarmed the company was installing what he called "dangerously punctured batteries" in its Model 3s, and told the Post has documents to support his claims.
He also provided the Post with an email exchange between himself and Elon Musk in which the Tesla founder says, "You're a disgusting human being", and Tripp responded, in part, by saying, "Putting cars on the road with safety issues is being a awful human being!"
Tesla is now wholly refuting the claims made by an ex-employee and self-proclaimed whistleblower who previously leaked information to the press.
Tripp, 40, says he didn't hack into any Tesla computers, saying, "I don't have the patience for coding", and he denies being disgruntled over not getting a promotion.
Even if Tesla's lawsuit doesn't go the way the company hopes, hard to believe the past few days won't make others think twice about crossing Musk in the future. Now it has come out that the man behind the alleged theft that triggered this missive is former Tesla Gigafactory employee Martin Tripp. Tripp told CNN that he was attempting to warn investors of issues inside the factory, including the use of damaged battery modules in Tesla's Model 3 vehicle and the "excessive" storage of scrap materials.
Tesla's Solar group has had a growing partnership with Home Depot which offered its products and services to in-store customers. The company suffered a fire earlier this month, according to an email sent to workers by Musk. (Authorities are still investigating the threat's origin, but declared that the factory was in no danger on Thursday.) After Tripp parted ways with the company, he and Musk engaged in a heated email exchange. "In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move", Musk added in the email.
"Yesterday afternoon, we received a phone call from a friend of Mr. Tripp telling us that Mr. Tripp would be coming to the Gigafactory to 'shoot the place up.'" A Tesla spokesperson told The Drive, "Police have been notified and actions are being taken to enhance security at the Gigafactory".
Tripp told The Post he never made such a threat, and the local sheriff's office told the paper "after several hours of investigation... there was no credible threat".
Now Musk is considering the idea of bringing it to a whole new level by potentially giving the people going on tours the option to "help build part of a car".
Do you have more information about this or any other technology story? Tripp fired back and said putting unsafe cars on the road is being a "horrible human being".
There are literally injuries with Model 3.
However, betraying your word of honor, breaking the deal you had when Tesla gave you a job and framing your colleagues are wrong and some come with legal penalties.