Twitter denied in a court filing that it deprived its potential acquirer, billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk, of the necessary information or misrepresented details about its business.
Musk originally made the charges to justify his attempt to back out of a $44 billion deal to buy the social platform, which he later claimed was infested with far more “spam bots” and fake accounts than Twitter disclosed.
The fate of that acquisition, which Musk agreed to without taking the time to examine the details of Twitter’s business, now rests in a court in Delaware, where Twitter is suing to force Musk to complete the deal. The trial of the case is scheduled for October 17.
In an unexpected twist, Twitter managed to deliver its response to Musk before Musk’s own counterclaim went public. A judge ruled Wednesday that Musk’s counterclaim would be published by Friday.