Elon Musk Calls Thailand Rescue Diver "Child Rapist" In New Attack

Pauline Gross
September 7, 2018

In Bangkok, deputy government spokesman Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, who has been organizing numerous events with the boys, responded with concern to Musk's comments highlighting Thailand as a destination for sex tourists. This prompted Musk to hop on Twitter and issue a series of rebuttals-one of which famously referred to Unsworth as a "pedo guy" for reasons unclear.

BuzzFeed News, which never agreed on the exchange being off the record, published screenshots of Musk's emails on Tuesday.

"I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what's actually going on", Musk wrote, according to Buzzfeed.

Wood also noted: "After deleting the initial accusation and tweeting an apology, Mr Musk has continued to republish his false and unsupportable accusation".

Thousands of Thais will feast royally in the capital on Thursday to celebrate the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave, a dramatic and highly risky mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks.

Vernon Unsworth said he was preparing to start legal action against the Tesla billionaire imminently.

The boys, members of a youth soccer team called the Wild Boars, and their coach spent almost three weeks underground before an global team of divers and cave experts rescued them from the cave in July.

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Last month, Musk told the New York Times that he was experiencing an "excruciating" year, and the Times reported that Tesla's board members were anxious about his health and well-being, as well as his use of the sleep aid Ambien.

"It isn't where you'd go for caves, but it is where you'd go for something else", Mr Musk wrote. He added that he hoped Mr Unsworth would sue him. "Chiang Rai is renowned for child sex trafficking".

He may claim to know how to cave dive, but he wasn't on the cave dive rescue team and most of the actual dive team refused to hang out with him.

BuzzFeed reportedly investigated the allegations against Unsworth but could not confirm any of them or where the allegations had come from. The stock value of Tesla, Musk's electric automaker, dove amid the public spat and the embattled CEO admitted in a recent interview with the New York Times that he had endured an "excruciating" year. "It's all being dealt with, that's all I can say", Unsworth said when reached for comment by Sky News last week.

For the boys, mostly teenagers, the Musk controversy is not even a sideshow.

On Aug. 24, Tesla announced it would stay public. Hundreds of thousands of people still believe in it too as they watch the tale of Tesla unfold.

Musk signed off his first email to Buzzfeed by saying that he "f***ing hope [s]" Unsworth sues him.

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