Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is reportedly going through a prison probe by the Justice Division into Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet about taking Tesla personal. The investigation is simply the most recent piece of dangerous information for Tesla and Musk, who has confronted rising criticism over his latest conduct.

However, no less than Musk has Neil deGrasse Tyson on his aspect. The famed astrophysicist just lately had some sturdy phrases for Musk’s critics.

“Can they leave him alone?” Tyson requested in a latest interview with TMZ , posted on YouTube Sept. 12. Tyson was referring to the criticism that has been heaped upon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, after he was filmed consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana throughout a podcast interview with comic Joe Rogan in early September.

“Let the man get high if he wants to get high,” Tyson mentioned to TMZ about Musk.

With regard to the regulatory investigation of Musk’s tweet, nevertheless, the scientist Tyson famous that, because the CEO of a public firm, Musk should be held accountable to federal monetary legal guidelines. “He’s got to obey the SEC, clearly … there’s an accountability to the public trust,” Tyson informed TMZ.

Marijuana is authorized in California, the place Musk was filming the podcast, however critics mentioned the incident was the most recent instance of erratic conduct from the billionaire. Tesla board members have reportedly expressed considerations up to now about Musk’s use of leisure and prescribed drugs, in accordance with The New York Occasions . Now, as CNBC beforehand reported , Musk might have violated Tesla’s enterprise conduct coverage by imbibing alcohol and marijuana whereas representing the corporate through the podcast.

In the meantime, Musk has additionally made detrimental headlines just lately by insulting a British cave diver who helped rescue boys trapped in a Thailand cave, and the CEO can also be going through an SEC investigation into his August tweet suggesting he would possibly take Tesla personal.

Nonetheless, Tyson nonetheless helps Musk amid the latest wave of criticism of the billionaire. Tyson even compares the Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder to certainly one of America’s biggest innovators.

“Count me as Team Elon …” Tyson says within the interview. “He’s the only game in town. He’s the best thing we’ve had since Thomas Edison.”

Tyson, who’s the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium on the Rose Middle for Earth and House in New York Metropolis, beforehand defended Musk in a dwell interview with CNBC . Tyson informed CNBC that Musk ought to be allowed to be himself, arguing that individuals ought to “let the man be an individual.”

Musk, additionally CEO and founding father of aerospace firm SpaceX, introduced Monday the primary passenger on a non-public area flight across the moon will likely be Japanese billionaire trend magnate Yusaku Maezawa, who’s rock musician and artwork collector as effectively.

Given Musk’s curiosity in area journey and Tyson’s data, TMZ additionally requested the scientist for his ideas on whether or not it is potential (or advisable) to smoke marijuana in area.

“The problem is, in space now many things will kill you. So, if you do anything to alter your understanding of what is reality, that’s not in the interest of your health,” Tyson informed TMZ. “So, if you want to get high in space, lock yourself in your cabin and don’t come out. Because you could break stuff… inadvertently.”

Good to know.

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