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Pablo Escobar’s Brother Says Elon Musk Ripped Him Off — Get Your Own Flamethrower

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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. 

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.

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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.”

Tesla engineers visited Roberto Escobar in mid-2017 and discussed a toy flamethrower that could be used to “burn money.” Nothing came of the meeting until Musk launched “Not a Flamethrower” through The Boring Company, according to Roberto Escobar.

He now wants Musk to pay up. “That 20% is now worth about $2 million,” Roberto Escobar said. “However due to his slander, and due to his non-payment, we are requesting $100 million.” 

“I do not mind [becoming] the new CEO of Tesla if we win a judgment in the courts,” Roberto Escobar added. “I am sure that I could run Tesla into profits.” Musk made roughly 20,000 flamethrowers, meaning he made about $10 million on the device, which is substantially less than what Roberto Escobar wants.

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Tesla did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment, but Musk addressed the controversy in a tweet. “It’s Not a Flamethrower, Mr Escobar,” Musk told his Twitter followers Thursday.

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