Elon Musk Sued by British Diver He Called 'Pedo'

Pauline Gross
September 18, 2018

"Elon Musk falsely accused Vern Unsworth of being guilty of heinous crimes".

Unsworth is seeking at least $75,000 of compensatory damages plus unspecified punitive damages in his complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

The California lawsuit follows weeks of Musk taunting Unsworth, whom he alleged without providing evidence of being a pedophile after the British diver criticized the Tesla CEO's plan to rescue the boys in a submarine in July.

The pair first clashed over Mr Musk's offer of a mini-submarine to help with the cave rescue. The device wasn't used and in the interview, Mr Unsworth called it a "PR stunt" and said it wouldn't have worked to free the boys who were trapped in the flooded cave. But in emails late last month to BuzzFeed, Musk added onto the attack, saying Unsworth was a "child rapist" who had moved to Thailand for a 12-year-old bride.

Mr Unsworth was part of the team of global divers who became known worldwide after they successfully rescued all 12 youngsters and their football coach when they became trapped for two weeks by rising waters in a Thai cave complex.

Some hours later, Unsworth's lawyer replied to the tweet with a picture of a letter sent to Musk informing him he would be sued for libel.

Representatives of Tesla Inc., one of Musk's companies, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Musk on the allegations.

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Stephens did not say when Mr Unsworth planned to file a claim in the British courts.

The battle of words dates back to earlier this summer when a team of 12 Thai soccer players and their coach were trapped in a cave in Northern Thailand. Mr Mr Unsworth has never engaged in an act of paedophilia.

Then in a second email to BuzzFeed, he reportedly accused Mr Unsworth of being a liar and said he was not on the cave dive team.

"Mr Mr Unsworth is not a paedophile".

However, Unsworth took note a month later when Musk tweeted, "You don't think it's unusual he hasn't sued me?"

However, he said that did not justify Mr Musk's use of Twitter and the media to defame him. She is a 40-year old owner of a local nail salon.

He also claimed Mr Unsworth was not a cave diver and that he hoped the Briton sued him. "Musk's influence and wealth can not convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability".

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