Tesla CEO Elon Musk told employees in an email that a disgruntled employee has admitted committing sabotage at the company’s Fremont, Calif., auto plant.
Tesla has been struggling to meet production demands for its Model 3 sedan, and scrambling to get production to 5,000 a week by early July. Musk and the company have increasingly been under heavy scrutiny, and criticism, for Tesla’s difficulty in ramping up production.
Shares of Tesla were down about 5 percent in Tuesday trading after the news of the alleged sabotage broke, CNN reported.
Musk said in the email to workers that the employee had admitted to “quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations.” The worker reportedly changed some of the code in the company’s manufacturing operating system, and leaked sensitive, secret company data to outsiders.
The email was first reported by CNBC, which said several employees within different divisions of the company confirmed the contents of the email to the network.
Tesla recently announced it was cutting about 10 percent of its workforce.