A British diver sued Tesla CEO Elon Musk Monday after the electric car executive called the diver a “pedo” over Twitter and later suggested he was a “child rapist.”
Musk referred to Vernon Unsworth as a pedophile after the diver helped a crew of rescuers to evacuate a 12-member children’s soccer team from Thailand’s flooded Tham Luang cave in mid-June. Unsworth sued the Tesla executive to “hold Musk legally accountable for his wrongdoing and to vindicate his reputation,” the lawsuit says according to The Wall Street Journal. (RELATED: Elon Musk Accuses British Diver And Critic Of Mini-Sub Idea Of Being A Pedophile)
Musk had attempted to aid the rescue operation by creating a mini-submarine to shuttle the stranded children through flooded caverns and tunnels and out of the cave.
Musk should “stick his submarine where it hurts,” Unsworth told CNN, dismissing Musk’s idea.
“Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus) at any point when we were in the caves,” Musk tweeted in response. “We will make [a video] of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
Musk’s pod was never used. Thai officials later seemed to side with Unsworth on the usefulness of the submarine after the rescue mission was successful.
“I assure you that the equipment he brought to help us is not practical for our mission,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue mission, said. “Even though the equipment has state of the art technology, it does not fit our mission in the cave.”
Musk later apologized for his harsh words.
“His actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader,” Musk tweeted July 18. “The fault is mine and mine alone.”
Musk revived the feud ten days later when he tweeted: “You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me? He was offered free legal services.”
Musk seemed to refer to Unsworth as a “child rapist” on August 29 after a Buzzfeed reporter asked the Tesla CEO about his feud with Unsworth.
“I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what’s actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you fucking asshole,” Musk told Buzzfeed during an email he thought was off the record.
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