Musk’s Twitter allegedly failing to pay rent on San Francisco HQ

Musk’s Twitter allegedly failing to pay rent on San Francisco HQ

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Elon Musk attends the 2022 Met Gala celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City.

Elon Musk attends the 2022 Met Gala celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York City.

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Bills are reportedly piling up at Elon Musk’s Twitter, including overdue rent for the tech company’s San Francisco headquarters.

As first reported by the New York Times Monday, Twitter has neglected to pay rent for the downtown office space (or any of its global offices) for weeks, seemingly as part of a broader cost-cutting strategy. Among the other penny-pinching moves are apparently not paying a private jet that a former executive took in the days before Musk’s takeover, as first noted by Bloomberg, and allegedly not paying other vendors.

It’s not fully clear why Musk is cutting back on costs, but it appears likely that lawsuits — from laid-off employees alleging gender discrimination and Musk’s failure to provide adequate notice, heightened scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission and the aforementioned private jet debt — are beginning to mount more intensely. 

Perhaps equally jarring is the Times’ reporting that the company reportedly sacked Alex Spiro, Musk’s personal lawyer. Musk installed Spiro as Twitter’s head of legal after getting rid of former Twitter Chief Legal Officer Vijaya Gadde and General Counsel Sean Edgett in the tumultuous transition. (Spiro is also representing rapper Megan Thee Stallion as Tory Lanez, who allegedly shot her in the foot, stands trial.)

Musk, no longer the richest man in the world, is facing a city investigation for converting conference rooms in Twitter HQ into dormitories for workers putting in long hours.



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