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The heroic British diver who helped with the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach in a Thai cave continues Tesla CEO Elon Musk after the technical leader accused him of a pedophile on Twitter.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday by Vernon Unsworth in Los Angeles federal court, seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a court order to stop Musk from further accusations.
Musk called Unsworth a “pedo” in the middle of a series of tweets after Unsworth criticized Musk’s efforts in the construction of a small rescue submarine during a television interview.
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“The was absolutely no chance of working. He had no idea of what the cave passage was. The submarine I believe it was about 5 feet, 6 inches long, stiff, so it would not have gone round corners or round any obstacles,” Unsworth said at the time. “It was not the first 50 meters in the cave of the swim start point. It was just a PR stunt.”
At the time, Musk tweeted: “We will make one of the mini-sub/pod goes all the way to the Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo man, you really did have to ask.”
However, the device is never used.
Earlier this month, Musk has doubled down on his insults, insinuating that Unsworth had gone to Thailand to find a child bride.
Each of the boys, in the age of 11-16 years, and with no diving experience, was led by divers, although rocky, muddy and water-filled passages that in places where only a crawl space.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Fox News’ Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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