Elon Musk has begged his father to “please keep quiet” after he gave an interview about their relationship to the Kyle and Jackie O show on Kiss FM.
Errol Musk, 76, told the Australian radio station he was not proud of his billionaire son when quizzed on the matter live on air earlier in the week.
But the retired electrical engineer later said he misspoke at the time because he hadn’t heard the question properly.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, Errol said his three daughters were so upset with the comments he made on Kyle and Jackie O they refused to speak to him for days.
“Elon knows it’s not true, so he would never get upset about it. He just laughs this kind of stuff off,” Errol said.
“But the last message Elon sent to me was: ‘Dad, the press play you like a fiddle so please keep quiet’.”
It comes after Elon accused Twitter of fraud, alleging the social media platform misled him about key aspects of its business before he agreed to a $44 billion buyout, as their court battle heats up.
The Tesla boss lodged the claim late Thursday as he fights back against Twitter’s lawsuit seeking to force him to close the deal, which he has tried to cancel.
Elon argued in the filing to a Delaware court that the number of users who can be shown advertising on the platform is far below the firm’s figures.
“Twitter’s disclosures have slowly unravelled, with Twitter frantically closing the gates on information in a desperate bid to prevent the Musk Parties from uncovering its fraud,” the claim alleged.
In its own filing, Twitter rejected the mercurial billionaire’s argument, calling it “as implausible and contrary to fact as it sounds.”
“According to Musk, he – the billionaire founder of multiple companies, advised by Wall Street bankers and lawyers – was hoodwinked by Twitter into signing a $44 billion merger agreement,” Twitter said.
Elon last week filed his countersuit, which was finally made public on Thursday, along with a legal defence against Twitter’s claim that the billionaire is contractually bound to complete the takeover deal.