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Former Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal is among those have sued Elon Musk for more than over $128m in combined unpaid severance. Picture: BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS
Former Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal is among those have sued Elon Musk for more than over $128m in combined unpaid severance. Picture: BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS

Four former top Twitter executives, including former CEO Parag Agrawal, have sued Elon Musk for more than $128m in combined unpaid severance, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, is the latest in a series of legal challenges the billionaire faces after he acquired the social media company for $44bn in October 2022 and later renamed it X.

The other plaintiffs are Ned Segal, the company’s former CFO; Vijaya Gadde, its former chief legal officer; and Sean Edgett, its former general counsel.

The former executives say that Musk falsely accused them of misconduct and forced them out after they sued the billionaire for attempting to renege on his offer to purchase the company.

Musk then denied the executives severance pay they had been promised for years before he acquired the company, according to the lawsuit. The plaintiffs say they each are owed one year’s salary and hundreds of thousands of stock options.

“This is the Musk playbook: to keep the money he owes other people, and force them to sue him,” the former executives said in the 39-page lawsuit.

X is already facing a pair of proposed class actions claiming it owes rank-and-file workers who were laid off after Musk’s acquisition at least $500m in severance, and a third lawsuit by six former senior managers making similar claims. X has denied wrongdoing.

The company has also been sued previously for failing to pay its former public relations firm, landlords, vendors and consultants.

X did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Reuters

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