Elon Musk Wins Defamation Case against British Diver whom He called “Pedo”. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was not guilty of slander and defamation when he declared a British diver on Twitter for “pedo”. An American jury has ruled that.
Musk sent the Twitter messages last year during the rescue operation of the twelve Thai football players and their coach, who was trapped in a cave. The British coordinator had sharply criticised the idea of saving the boys with a small submarine.
Back to the summer of last year: the world was under the spell of the twelve Thai football players who were trapped in a cave with their trainer. The rescue campaign was a dangerous undertaking.
To help, the American Tesla and Space X chief Elon Musk sent a small dive boat to Thailand. But Vernon Unsworth, a British diver-speleologist who lived in Thailand and coordinated the rescue, did not consider the submarine a good idea and labelled Musk’s action as a publicity stunt.
That criticism shot the Tesla boss down the wrong way. He called the Brit on Twitter for “pedo”, calling it suspicious that a Brit lives in Thailand. Musk later said that he regretted that outburst, but nevertheless portrayed Unsworth again as a “child rapist.”