SpaceX’s chief executive has filed a lawsuit against the space company’s founder and former chief executive, claiming the company is responsible for a series of false and misleading articles about Musk’s rocket company and the company’s rocket technology.
In a statement released Friday, Musk called the lawsuit “a desperate attempt to get the attention of the media,” which he said he plans to fight.
“It’s just ridiculous,” he said.
“These articles were published before the launch of SpaceX’s Dragon 2 vehicle in December.
The articles were based on nothing but false statements.”
Musk said the company would fight the lawsuit.
“I am deeply disappointed that my company and its leadership are attempting to attack me and the SpaceX team with a lawsuit that has nothing to do with the mission of our company,” Musk wrote in the statement.
“This lawsuit is just another desperate attempt by a company that is already suffering under the weight of its failure to deliver the products and services our customers have come to expect.”
Musk, who is also CEO of Tesla Motors, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday in response to a defamation lawsuit filed by the media and others against him.
The lawsuit alleges that Musk’s company’s Falcon 9 rocket company’s website published the false articles without permission, and that the articles were not based on any factual information that was in fact disclosed to the public.
SpaceX’s response to the lawsuit was posted on its website on Friday, and it read, in part: The defamation lawsuit is baseless and without merit.
The article did not refer to any alleged factual errors, and no claims of fact were made in the article.
The claims in the complaint are baseless and unsupported by any evidence, and are based on false and/or misleading statements that were published by SpaceX’s website without any notice to the authors or the general public.
The false statements are false, and the articles did not accurately reflect SpaceX’s current or future products and capabilities.
SpaceX has not responded to Ars’ request for comment on the lawsuit, nor have the company nor any of its employees responded to our requests for comment.
Ars has reached out to SpaceX for comment and will update this post if we receive a response.