British rescuer threatens to sue Elon Musk following 'pedo guy' tweet

18 July, 2018, 10:45 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
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A British cave diver involved in the rescue of 12 Thai football players and their coach said he would consider taking legal action against Elon Musk after the Tesla Inc. and SpaceX chief executive suggested on Twitter that the diver was a paedophile.

Vernon Unsworth, a British cave explorer who played a key role in the saving of 12 boys trapped in a flooded cavern, had said Musk's unattempted idea of dispatching a miniature submarine "had absolutely no chance of working" and was "just a PR stunt".

The rift between the British diver - Vern Unsworth - and Musk started heating up last week after the rescuer said in a television interview that he believed Musk's interest in the cave rescue mission was a "PR stunt".

"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 said in a tweet.

He then made the baseless claim that Unsworth was a pedophile, saying: "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it".

"It's not finished", Unsworth said on Monday in a new interview with 7 News Sydney. The tweet has been deleted.




In addition to threats from the diver to sue Musk for his remark, the event also saw Tesla's shares drop by 3.5% on Monday morning.

Tesla spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In the end, it was the team of divers who saved the children through a complicated rescue mission. That report came after some criticism of the plan from people who argued that the relatively large submarine would not be able to fit around the tight cave network the boys had to navigate. Analysts say that Tesla shares reached their lowest levels in six weeks. In the tweets, Musk strayed from a vigorous defence of his companies into personal insult, with no facts to back it up.

Musk had offered to contribute a "mini-submarine" to help get the boys and their coach out of the miles-long labyrinth, but by the time he arrived with the device rescuers had already begun extracting the group with the help of expert divers. Musk told his followers on Twitter that he was talking to cave experts about a "tiny, kid-size submarine" that he had created that "might be safe enough to try". The spelunker did not necessarily disagree when reporters asked for his reaction to the pedophile comments.

Mark Spiegel, an outspoken hedge fund manager who has been betting on Tesla's stock falling for years, said the tweets are showing Musk's fans his true personality. The following week, he hung up on the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board who called to tell him the agency was booting Tesla representatives from the investigation of a fatal crash involving a Model X driver. The company's managing director tweeted:"All it takes is a public apology Mr Musk and i will reverse our decision".

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