Elon Musk reignites 'pedo' claims against United Kingdom cave diver
- Author: Wendy Palmer Aug 30, 2018,
Aug 30, 2018, 0:46
"I don't think a CEO should be on Twitter; I would have hoped that would have been the lesson".
"You published through three different tweets to your twenty-two million followers that Mr. Unsworth engages in the sexual exploitation of Thai children, and you did so at a time when he was working to save the lives of twelve Thai children", lawyer L. Lin Wood wrote.
Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday asking whether it was "strange" that the British rescue diver he accused of being a "pedo" last month still hasn't sued him. Musk soon responded to this "You don't think it's unusual he hasn't sued me?"
Mr Musk responded with a series of tweets, casting doubt on Mr Unsworth's character without providing supportive evidence.
British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth, who helped in the effort last month to rescue the Thai youth soccer team from a cave, is preparing a civil complaint for libel against the Tesla chief executive.
The multi-billionaire hasn't been shy about his awareness of the blockchain sector, either - in Janurary, Musk joked that the Boring Company flamethrowers would have "the safe word "cryptocurrency" [and come] with a free blockchain". "You published through three different tweets to your twenty-two million followers that Mr. Unsworth engages in the sexual exploitation of Thai children, and you did so at a time when he was working to save the lives of twelve Thai children", wrote Unsworth's lawyer L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based defamation expert, in a letter dated August 6, BuzzFeed reported.
Wood invited Musk or his legal representatives to contact him to avoid a lawsuit.
Musk started 17 days of drama when he tweeted on August 7 that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private, without sharing evidence that investor money was indeed lined up.
Shares of the electric vehicle company have plummeted almost 16 percent since Musk's tweet.
Musk is known for being unusually candid on Twitter compared to other CEOs, but he has become increasingly combative on the site this year, lashing out at critics and reporters and spurring questions about his judgment when using the site.
But, Musk on Wednesday was involved in the debate again on Twitter after a user asked him why he made the "pedo" comment.
To keep tabs on Tesla inventory, @Latrilife monitors California lots where he said Tesla cars are kept before being shipped to distribution centers and posts the footage on Twitter. A spokesperson for Tesla issued a statement to Reuters welcoming the Ontario judge's ruling.