(Reuters) — Twitter Inc on Thursday rejected Elon Musk’s claims in a Delaware court that he was tricked into signing the deal to buy the social media company, saying it was “implausible and contrary to the facts.”
Mr. Musk made the allegations in a countersuit filed under seal on Friday, which was made public on Thursday.
“According to Musk, he — the billionaire founder of several companies, with advice from Wall Street bankers and lawyers — was tricked by Twitter into signing a $44 billion merger agreement. That story is as improbable and contradictory as it sounds,” the released filing said by Twitter on Thursday.
Twitter’s filing is the latest salvo in what is shaping up to be an increasingly bitter legal battle between the world̵7;s richest person and the social media giant.
The two sides are set to go to court on October 17 after Musk tried to abandon his deal to acquire Twitter over what he says is a misrepresentation of fake accounts on the site.
The San Francisco-based company is trying to force Mr. Musk to follow through on the deal, accusing him of sabotaging it because it no longer served his interests.
A representative of Mr. Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment.