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Grimes, Azealia Banks subpoenaed in lawsuit over Elon Musk's bad weed tweet

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In some very 2019 news, pop stars Grimes (née Claire Boucher) and Azealia Banks have been subpoenaed in the ongoing lawsuit over Elon Musk’s bad tweet. You remember the one: In August, he announced that he might be taking Tesla private at $420 a share, a figure that turned out to be a wildly miscalculated weed joke. Now, the SEC is suing him for misleading investors, and, due to their very public feud, the two artists may hold some key information.

See, it began with some now-deleted Instagram posts from Banks, who shared the sordid tale of a weekend with Musk and Grimes, his girlfriend. Banks was allegedly at his L.A. home to collaborate on a song with Grimes, but claimed she was ignored “while Grimes coddled her boyfriend for being too stupid to know not to go on Twitter on acid.” Guess which tweet that was! “I saw him in the kitchen tucking his tail in between his legs scrounging for investors to cover his ass after that tweet,” she later added in an interview with Business Insider. Banks added even more fuel to the fire when she shared encrypted Signal messages between her and Grimes, who bragged about introducing Musk to weed and noted that he’s “super entertained by 420” and set the price of his stock at 420 “for a laugh.”

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The subpoenas won’t require Grimes and Banks to testify in court. Rather, they require the two to preserve any communications, online or otherwise, that could be considered evidence.

Musk, meanwhile, still has a Twitter account.

[via Business Insider]

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.