The two women – one who has been identified as Milton’s cousin Aubrey Smith, and the other whose identity has been withheld and is referred to as Jane Doe – are represented by Utah-based attorney Craig Johnson. The women claim they were sexually assaulted by Milton in 1999 and 2004, when they were both 15 years old respectively.
Smith’s complaint was filed with the Greater Salt Lake Unified Police Department in Utah on Saturday. Sergeant Melody Cutler with the Department confirmed to CNN Business that he received a complaint regarding a September 1999 sexual assault incident against Milton, when he would have turned 17 on Saturday.
“Mr. Milton firmly denies these false allegations,”
Nikola addressed requests for comment to Milton.
The hydrogen and electric truck startup went public in June and announced it had inked a $ 2 billion equity deal with General Motors that would also see GM build its electric pickup, the Nikola Badger, a few days earlier. of the Hindenburg report.
“Our transaction with Nikola has not ended. We are in discussions with Nikola’s current management and will provide further updates when appropriate or requested. In light of recent allegations regarding the personal behavior of Nikola’s former executive chairman, Trevor Milton , we want to emphasize that GM strongly condemns sexual harassment and abuse of any kind, ”GM said Tuesday in a statement.
Jane Doe’s complaint was filed with the St. George, Utah Police Department Friday, said her attorney, Johnson. The St. George Police Department did not immediately respond to CNN Business’ request for comment.
Speaking on behalf of women, Johnson said “their hope is that their voices will be heard, that they can achieve closure by being empowered to stand up for themselves and not suffer in silence anymore.”
He said that while the statute of limitations on Smith’s claims has likely expired, his testimony may still be relevant in court. While Jane Doe’s claim would expire in 2008 with a four-year limit, Utah law was changed to remove the statute of limitations so her case would likely be replaced, Johnson said.