Tesla stock dropped 10 percent Friday, a day after CEO Elon Musk smoked marijuana during a live interview with comedian Joe Rogan, despite previously criticizing the drug, and after a top executive left the company.
Musk spoke to Rogan for more than two-and-a-half hours, in the latter stages of which the presenter offered Tesla's CEO a drag on the joint, which was rolled with tobacco.
Meanwhile, its chief people officer Gaby Toledano had decided not to return to the firm after a period of absence, according to newswire Bloomberg.
"The podcast host asked his guest: "'You probably can't do this because of stockholders, right?" but Musk asked, "I mean it's legal, right?" and accepted, taking a puff.
Later on in the show, Musk declared, "I'm getting text messages from friends saying, 'What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'..."
While it is, again, another chapter in the "wacky adventures" of Elon Musk, I suspect that this is going to be another faux pas in the coming days.
The company, hurt in the past month by Musk's high-profile U-turn on a deal to take it private, said Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton resigned, citing discomfort with the level of public attention and pace.More news: Kim Kardashian visits the White House for a second time
Tesla shares, down just 1 percent after Musk's appearance on the Rogan podcast overnight, fell another 7 percent after Morton's resignation to $262.54.
The news outraged investors and analysts, as well as the company's board members, who urged Musk to stop posting on Twitter for some time.
At one point, Musk described the constant barrage of ideas in his mind as being "like a "never-ending explosion", and said he wondered as a young boy whether he might be insane because it didn't seem to happen to other people".
Musk said he is less anxious about AI than he had been, mostly due to "taking a more fatalistic attitude".
Musk did not directly address the suit during the Rogan sit-down.