Nissan is chasing losses that allegedly came “as a result of years of misconduct and fraudulent activity” on Ghosn's behalf.
Carlos Ghosn remains in Lebanon after fleeing Japanese house arrest amid fears of “conspiracy” and a “rigged justice system”.
He remains adamant he's being made a scapegoat by Nissan for its own poor management, and has expressed fears he won't be offered a fair trial in Japan.
In a statement, Mr Ghosn questioned the continuity and legitimacy of the claims Nissan makes in the lawsuit.
“This complaint is made public on the eve of [Nissan’s] financial results,” Mr Ghosn said.
“After months of announcing damages of 35 billion yen ($474 million), Nissan is now claiming 10 billion yen ($135 million).”
The charges, filed at the Yokohama District Court in Kanagawa, mark the next development in the rift between Ghosn and Nissan as the brand continues trying to recover its image and the trust of its shareholders after underperforming in 2019.
Above: New Nissan CEO, Uchida-san in his first media address.
Nissan claims in a recent statement “legal actions form part of Nissan’s policy of holding Ghosn accountable for the harm and financial losses incurred by the company as a result of his misconduct".
After posting a bail of more than AU$12 million, Ghosn was re-arrested in April 2019 and posted AU$6.5 million bail.
It is believed Mr Ghosn escaped Japan in December 2019 by hiding in an ‘instrument box’ and being shipped out of the country.