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Cave Diver Sues Elon Musk
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:32:46 PM »
A British Cave Rescuer Is Officially Suing Elon Musk For Calling Him A Pedophile
“I hope he fucking sues me." —Elon Musk, Aug. 30, 2018

A British citizen instrumental to the rescue of 12 children trapped in a cave in Thailand has filed a defamation lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who previously alleged the man was a pedophile and “child rapist.”

Vernon Unsworth and his attorneys filed the suit in the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday after previously signaling their intent to seek legal recourse against the tech billionaire’s continued and unsubstantiated allegations. Musk first disparaged Unsworth as a pedophile, calling him a “pedo guy” on Twitter in July after the Brit criticized the mini submarine Musk's engineers built to help rescue 12 Thai youth soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave system in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province. After publicly apologizing, Musk revisited the allegations in August during another Twitter argument, asking why Unsworth hadn’t sued yet if his accusations were indeed untrue.

Musk then sent a series of emails to BuzzFeed News in which he elaborated on his allegations and called Unsworth a “child rapist” who took a 12-year-old bride. He also claimed Unsworth had been asked to leave the Thai cave rescue site. BuzzFeed News published those emails and asked Musk for further evidence of his claims, though he did not provide any.

BuzzFeed News found no evidence to support Musk’s allegations, and determined his claim that Unsworth had been kicked out of the cave rescue site to be demonstrably false. Musk’s tweets and his emails to BuzzFeed News were submitted as exhibits in Unsworth’s lawsuit.

“Elon Musk falsely accused Vern Unsworth of being guilty of heinous crimes,” Unsworth’s lawyer, L. Lin Wood, said in a statement. “Musk’s influence and wealth cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court of law.”

A spokesperson for Tesla could not be immediately reached for comment on the suit. Musk, who had previously told BuzzFeed News, “I hope [Unsworth] fucking sues me,” did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.
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