(SOUNDBITE) (English) TESLA CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ELON MUSK, SAYING:
"We are bringing sexy back quite literally."
Fresh from launching his new Model Y car, Elon Musk's Twitter habits may have landed him in trouble again.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says he's flagrantly flouted a ruling on his use of the social media site.
Musk is required to seek approval for any tweet involving important information about the automaker.
But the SEC told a judge Monday (March 18) he hasn't once complied.
Among the tweets at issue is a February message that Musk sent to his more than 25 million followers.
In it he claimed Tesla would make about 500-thousand cars in 2019.
The SEC called that a blatant violation.
The prior ruling came as part of a settlement between Musk and the SEC over claims he made on Twitter back in August.
Back then Musk said he had 'funding secured' to take Tesla private at 420 dollars a share.
The SEC called those tweets 'false and misleading', and a go-private deal never materialised.
As part of a settlement, Musk stood down as Tesla chairman, and he and the company each paid 20 million dollars in fines.
Tesla also promised to have Musk's tweets approved by in-house counsel.
Now legal experts say the SEC could impose fresh fines.
Alternatively it could impose extra restrictions on Musk, or remove him from leadership roles at Tesla.
Musk says his tweets have all been in compliance with the ruling.
He says the SEC's push to find him in contempt infringes on his right to free speech.