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In a Thursday, June 14, 2018 file photo, Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Whether it’s investors betting against his stock, reporters or analysts who ask tough questions or a union trying to organize his workers, Elon Musk has fought back, often around the clock on Twitter. But when Musk called a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile to 22.3 million Twitter followers on July 15, he may have gone one tweet too far.

SALT LAKE CITY — Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a “60 Minutes” interview this week that his “crazy” work hours led to a controversial summer.

What happened: Musk had an erratic summer earlier this year, CNBC reports. He not only tweeted his plans to take Tesla private — which led to a brief feud with the SEC — but he also called the diver for the Thai cave rescue a “pedo.” He later apologized for those comments. And, lastly, he reportedly smoked marijuana on a podcast.

His reason? Working too much.

  • "I'm just being me. I mean, I was certainly under intense stress and crazy, crazy hours. But the system would have failed if I was truly erratic," Musk said.

More on SEC: Musk said he no longer respects the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"I want to be clear: I do not respect the SEC, I do not respect them," Musk said.

Why?: The SEC sued Musk back in September after he tweeted that he planned to take Tesla private. The commission accused Musk of revealing “false and misleading statements” in those tweets.

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  • According to Business Insider, Musk reached a settlement with the SEC back in September that required him to pay $20 million and step down from his position as Tesla’s chairman for at least three years.
  • The SEC said Tesla had to add "additional controls and procedures to oversee Musk's communications,” which would include all of his tweets.

Response: Musk said in "60 Minutes" that he doesn't let anyone vet his tweets, CNN reported.

  • "The only tweets that would have to be … reviewed would be if a tweet had a probability of causing a movement in the stock," he said. "Otherwise, it's — hello, First Amendment."