News of chief accounting officer Dave Morton's departure added to the sense of uncertainty surrounding the company, sending Tesla shares lower in pre-market trading and following a weird interview late Thursday in which chief executive Elon Musk was seen smoking marijuana.
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 had resigned, citing discomfort with the level of public attention and pace of work.
"I don't think you'd necessarily want to be me", he said. Morton, who joined Tesla on August 6, was quoted in a company filing on Friday saying he believes "strongly" in Tesla and that he had no disagreements with the company's leadership or its financial reporting. Gaby Toledano, Tesla's head of human resources since May 2017, announced she too was leaving the company.
Tesla share prices took a hit amounting to as much as 9 percent today, after billionaire CEO Elon Musk took a hit off what looked like as a marijuana stogie during a YouTube talk show.
Tesla CEO and certified loose cannon Elon Musk has frightened nervous investors yet again, after appearing on a live stream of comedian Joe Rogan's podcast and smoking a big fat joint.
"I mean, it's legal, right?" asked the Tesla founder, before taking a drag on the joint.
It was reported that US Air Force was looking into Elon Musk's marijuana smoking, his security clearance. During the 2½ hour podcast with Rogan, when he wasn't sipping whiskey, Musk lamented, "It's quite hard to run companies".
"Come on man", Mr. Rogan laughed.
Morton didn't explicitly mention last month's buyout saga in his statement explaining his departure.
The podcast episode arrived at a tumultuous moment for Tesla and Musk.
The aura of weed has surrounded Musk before.
In an interview with the New York Times, Musk denied he had smoked weed when he tweeted. The Securities and Exchange Commission reportedly served Tesla with a subpoena on August 15 about Musk's intentions.
Tesla is now worth roughly $US21 billion less than it was in the immediate aftermath of Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet.
"If he wanted to prove them wrong with actions, he would delete Twitter, drop the Unsworth conversation and not use recreational drugs in a public setting".