Mar 27 2019 It remains unclear by when Nathan would issue a ruling in the case. If Musk is found guilty of contempt, legal experts say he could face fine, further limits to his social media use and his removal as Tesla CEO. Nathan could also toss out the settlement with the SEC, effectively reopening the agency's litigation against Musk and Tesla, the report added. The SEC said that tweet was improper because Musk did not get advance approval from Tesla. It called for Musk and Tesla to each pay $20 million civil fines, and for Musk to step down as Tesla's chairman. Legal experts have said a contempt finding could subject Musk to a higher fine, further restrictions, or even removal from Tesla's board or as chief executive.