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The brother of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar said Tesla CEO Elon Musk ripped off his idea for selling a commercial flamethrower.
Roberto Escobar, brother and former accountant of the infamous drug lord, is selling his own version of a useable torch, according to a post on his website. Now he’s giving Musk an ultimatum: pay him $100 million for the idea or prepare for a lawsuit.
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The Tesla and SpaceX CEO made a deal with Roberto Escobar to launch the device under the Tesla umbrella, Roberto Escobar told reporters Thursday — in exchange, Musk was required to pay him 20% of the profits. “Then he changed the name to ‘Not a Flamethrower’ to avoid any type of deal we had,” Roberto Escobar said to Digital Trends.
Musk introduced the $500 flamethrower, which is effectively a glorified torch that can shoot a flame of no more than 5 feet, in 2018 after hinting at the product since 2017. The billionaire tech guru said he changed the name to “Not a Flamethrower” because customs agencies would prohibit him from shipping anything labeled “flamethrower.”
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