Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Virgin Islands in connection with its lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. The lawsuit accuses JPMorgan of facilitating sexual abuses committed by the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The subpoena, issued on April 28, recently came to light as the Virgin Islands requested alternative means to serve Musk since they were unable to locate him.
It’s important to note that the subpoena does not imply any wrongdoing on Musk’s part, and the U.S. territory has not sought to question him under oath. The court filing suggests that Musk may have been referred to JPMorgan by Epstein, but no further explanation was provided regarding the specific interest in obtaining documents from Musk.
In response to the subpoena, Musk took to Twitter, dismissing the notion that he would seek financial advice from Epstein as absurd. The subpoena demands any documents Musk possesses related to Epstein’s involvement in human trafficking, including the procurement of girls or women for commercial sex. It also includes requests for communications between Musk and JPMorgan concerning Epstein, as well as any documents pertaining to fees paid by Musk to Epstein or JPMorgan.
The nature and extent of Musk’s relationship with Epstein remain unclear. However, it is worth mentioning that Musk is not the only tech entrepreneur involved in the Virgin Islands litigation. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff recently ruled that legal papers may be served on Larry Page, co-founder of Google, in a separate case, though the specific information sought from Page was not specified in the ruling.
In a previous Tesla shareholder lawsuit, Musk testified in January that JPMorgan used to handle all of Tesla’s commercial banking business. However, the relationship deteriorated after the bank failed to support Tesla’s automotive leasing line.