George Clooney, Elon Musk Trade Tesla Barbs

George Clooney
George Clooney

George Clooney didn't have the best experience with his Tesla, he told Esquire, giving the electric-car company another bit of bad press in a year of highly publicized trouble.

“I had a Tesla. I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, number five on the list," Clooney told Esquire when the writer asked why he was driving a Lexus instead of Hollywood's hot ride. "But I’m telling you, I’ve been on the side of the road a while in that thing. And I said to them, ‘Look, guys, why am I always stuck on the side of the f---ing road? Make it work, one way or another.’ "

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted the following response:

But other Tesla drivers have had problems lately -- including an unfortunate Model S owner whose car caught fire after it hit some debris near Seattle, an incident that was documented on a YouTube video that went viral.

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Musk also got into a heavily publicized dust-up with the New York Times after it published a story in which journalist John Broder documented a rough road trip from Washington, D.C., to Boston in which insufficient battery charges, lagging speeds and freezing conditions ultimately led to the Model S he was driving being towed.

Musk fired back, publishing the data the car's computer logged during the trip and insisting that Broder improperly drove and charged it.

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