British diver prepares to sue Elon Musk over ‘pedo’ comment

British diver prepares to sue Elon Musk over ‘pedo’ comment

Musk posted the tweet in response to an article about the removal of accounts responsible for coordinated manipulation on Twitter, praising the micro-blogging platform's actions.

Elon Musk has doubled down on the comments he made against the British diver who helped rescue a Thai football team from a flooded cave, querying why Vernon Unsworth had not sued him after the billionaire called him a paedophile. Responding to a Twitter user, Mr Musk said: "You don't think it's unusual [Mr Vernon] hasn't sued me?" My son is in London on business at the moment but... More specifically, 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.

Without mincing words, Unsworth suggested Musk "can stick his submarine where it hurts". The insinuation here seems to be Unsworth hasn't sued Musk because he is in fact a "pedo" as Musk put it.

Mr Musk has been embroiled in another Twitter-related controversy over recent weeks after tweeting that he was considering taking his vehicle firm private, adding that he had secured the funds required.

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The letter, dated August 6, said the possible lawsuit would cover "false and defamatory statements" made by Musk against Unsworth. "I also spent considerable time listening to current shareholders, large and small, to understand what they think would be in the best long-term interests of Tesla".

Wood's letter concludes by inviting Musk or his lawyers to reach out to explore the possibility of a public apology and settlement to potentially avoid litigation.

It's unclear if Musk read or reviewed the notice.

"We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo", Musk said in a since-deleted tweet.

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In the letter, Wood tells Musk that he has been retained as Unsworth's lawyer, and that the lawsuit concerns Musk's Twitter comments about Unsworth being a pedophile. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO is known for his innovation, but it's hard to tell if he will embrace blockchain technology anytime soon.

He ended the exchange by suggesting that Olanoff was not a "truth-seeker" because he didn't investigate why Unsworth hadn't sued Musk.

Wood, Unsworth's attorney, said via email that his firm is "representing Mr. Unsworth pursuant to a written engagement agreement and are not providing services pro bono". His earlier tweets on the British diver had sent investors away from the Tesla stock. Musk said in a tweet last week that he was no longer pursuing a plan to privatize Tesla.

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