Hero cave diver attacked by Elon Musk as “pedo guy” is prepping prosecution



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A British diver who was crucial to the rescue operation who saved 12 children caught in a Thailand cave is the preparation of a court claim against Elon Musk after the tech executive labeled him a ‘pedo’ in July.

The Aug. 6 letter from a lawyer for Vernon Unsworth sent to the Musk was obtained by BuzzFeed News, and seems to contradict a claim that the Tesla CEO made on Twitter this week that he had yet to see any legal consequences of his actions.

The letter says Unsworth, is “preparing a civil complaint for slander” for “false and defamatory statements” in response to Musk tweeted accusation against him, which was then removed. The SpaceX-founder later apologized, and said that he would “spoken in anger.”


“You published by three different tweets on your twenty-two million followers that Mr Unsworth is involved in the sexual exploitation of Thai children, and you did that at a time when he was engaged in saving the lives of the twelve Thai children,” writes Unsworth’s lawyer, L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based libel expert, according to BuzzFeedNews. “You did that without any basis. According to a later Twitter post, you did that out of anger.”

When BuzzFeed News reached Musk for comment, he did not respond to the letter, but I question the outlet of the reporting Unsworth, saying that they were incorrect in labeling him a diver.

The war of words between the two men began after the British diver, dismissed Musk’s attempt to build a submarine to rescue the Thai boys as a publicity stunt. Not long after, Musk three tweets that claimed that Unsworth was involved in the sexual exploitation of minors, said that he would “bet a signed dollar it is true” and labeled him a “pedo-man.”

Musk’s erratic behavior on Twitter and his fatigue from working 120 hours per week have led investors and analysts to the question of whether he should remain at the helm of Tesla.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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