Nikola (NASDAQ: NKLA) continues to be embroiled in controversy. The electric vehicle manufacturer’s founder and former executive chairman Trevor Milton has been accused of sexually assaulting two women.
One of the women is Milton’s cousin Aubrey Ferrin Smith. She was 15 and her cousin was 17 when the incident took place. The alleged assault happened in 1999, at their grandfather’s funeral.
Smith filed a complaint with the Holladay, Utah police department on Saturday. This was confirmed by Sgt. Melody Cutler with the Unified Police Department.
Smith said the alleged assault took place at her uncle’s house when the two cousins were watching TV alone. The cousins are from a Mormon family. She claimed that she reported the assault to friends and her mother. She also went to the bishop of her church in Naperville, Illinois.
She went public with accusations against Milton on social media, in 2017 on Facebook and last week on Twitter.
Smith said, “When I was assaulted, I was 15. I didn’t want to tell anyone, because I figured I should have known better,” on her Facebook account. She also described confronting Milton years later and he said, “He was only apologizing because he was my cousin.”
A second woman comes forward accusing Trevor Milton
The second woman’s complaint was filed with the police in St. George, Utah on Friday. St. George Police Department Capt. Mike Giles confirmed that a complaint was filed.