What Really Happened During the Tesla Gigafactory Incident?
Several journalists from the Reno Gazette-Journal got a little too close to Tesla's gigafactory battery site earlier this month. The incident happened on Oct. 9 and resulted in the RGP photographer driving his Jeep at two security guards and ramming into their ATV in an effort to escape. Or did he? That was how the story initially broke and it led to Andy Barron's arrest on two counts of battery with a deadly weapon. The 18-year veteran of the paper was released on bail later that night. The paper has now hired lawyer Scott Glogovac to handle the issue and he says that things didn't go down that way at all. RELATED: Tesla Chooses Nevada for New Gigafactory
According to RGP, the lawyer sent a letter to Tesla saying that the guards were the ones who rammed the newspaper's vehicle. He goes on to state that they broke the driver's side window with a rock, cut Barron from his seat belt, and then threw him to the ground. The newspaper is now considering criminal and civil claims over the altercation.
Tesla, of course, refutes the claims made in the letter. Each side is saying the other started the violence at the gigafactory site, so it's going to be difficult to determine who is at fault. The newspaper also claims they were in a public area instead of trespassing as Tesla asserts. Beyond the two felony charges against Barron, no charges have been filed, but with the investigation still ongoing, that could change at any time.
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