Kalanick leveled the charge late Monday in a response to a venture capital firm Benchmark Capital, according to a copy of the lawsuit published by Axios. Benchmark's lawsuit alleged the ride-hailing company's co-founder hasn't acted in the interest of Uber's stockholders, employees, drivers and passengers.filed earlier this month in Delaware Chancery Court by
"Benchmark Capital Partners initiated this action as part of its public and personal attack on Travis Kalanick," the filing says. "It executed its plan at the most shameful of times: immediately after Kalanick experienced a horrible personal tragedy."
The filing goes on to call Kalanick the victim of an "ambush" by Benchmark Capital, saying the venture capital firm took advantage of him just a week and a half after a boating accident killed his mother and seriously injured his father.
The filing alleges that Benchmark Capital principals "handed Kalanick a draft resignation letter, and told him he had hours to sign it, or else Benchmark would start a public campaign against him."
Uber has experienced a rough ride over the last few months. Once the ride-hailing powerhouse, a slew of scandals has led to the toppling of the company's upper management, including Kalanick, who resigned in June. Rumors have been flying over the last two weeks that Kalanick is plotting a return as CEO of Uber -- something the company flatly denies.
But if Benchmark wins its suit against Kalanick, he'd be removed from Uber's board and any chance of his reinstatement as CEO would likely disappear.
Benchmark couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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