Tesla has received a temporary restriction order to prevent an alleged harassment from approaching the car manufacturer's California factory.
The electric car manufacturer claimed in its application that the man had repeatedly plagued his employees. He allegedly checks a Twitter account that often claims that Tesla is engaging in fraud, claiming that Tesla shares will fall.
The man, resident in Fremont, California, is named in an order given by a state court. He is allegedly part of a loose online community that thinks Tesla is destined for failure.
In Tesla's application, he claimed that the man had entered a security employee when he violated the company's factory. The application also claimed that the man had followed a Tesla vehicle bearing manufacturer's license plates, drove around the car and swung against it, at a time that triggered a collision removal function.
Under the terms of the orders, first reported by the Electrek website, the man is not allowed within 1
Eles Musk, Tesla's billionaire founder, wrote "Never seen anything like that" in response to a conversation about the alleged harassment.
The activity of the supposed short seller adds another twist to the bizarre relationship between Tesla and Twitter.
Musk, one of the social network's most prominent users, has received censorship from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for tweeting inaccurate market-sensitive news last year.
On Friday, Musk and SEC were awarded a week to settle a dispute over a tweet, later corrected, that Tesla would make 500,000 cars this year. The US regulator said the tweet was a violation of a previous legal decision by allegedly misleading investors.
The dispute highlights the battles that the electric car manufacturer is facing as it attempts to increase production to the mass market. The pace of production slowed down at the beginning of the year.
Tesla intends to shrink the board, a move the company says would allow it to operate more nimbly and efficiently, it said in a regulatory filing published on Friday. The plan will cut the number of board members from 11 to seven.
Brad Buss, Antonio Gracias, Stephen Jurvetson and Linda Johnson Rice will not stand for re-election to the Tesla Board when their terms come to an end at the company's 2019 and 2020 annual meetings. The changes were not due to disagreements between Tesla and the governments, the filing said.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.