Elon Musk reignites 'pedo' claims against United Kingdom cave diver

Fredrick Soto
August 30, 2018

Vera Unsworth, 88, from Braintree, Essex, told reporters that her son Vern was consulting lawyers a day after Mr Musk revived his criticism of the British diver who helped to rescue 12 boys from the flooded Chiang Rai cave complex in Thailand last month. However, earlier this week, Musk appeared to double-down on his pedophilia themed attacks, tweeting, "You don't think it's odd [Unsworth] hasn't sued me?"

Never one to turn his back on a potential Twitter fight, Musk fired back, making a thinking-face-emoji insinuation about why Unsworth never sued him, despite being offered free legal services.

Elon Musk's freakish Twitter feud with a rescue diver in Thailand may soon land him in court.

Bet he can expect that lawsuit this time.

Unsworth had said he was considering taking legal action against Musk.

In response, the tech entrepreneur not only questioned why Mr Unsworth had not taken him to court but also attacked Mr Olanoff for not carrying out his own investigation into the matter.

Wood, Unsworth's attorney, said Wednesday that he sent Musk a note on August 6 alerting the billionaire that a lawsuit was in the works. It appeared that the controversy might have ended with Musk apologizing for his outburst and deleting the tweets shortly after, but on Tuesday, the whole issue was reignited again.

Elon Musk is denying that he cried during a recent interview with The New York Times in which he described how he'd become overwhelmed by the stress of running electric auto company Tesla.

L. Lin Wood, a lawyer retained by the British diver Vernon Unsworth, whom Elon Musk called a "pedo," is "preparing a civil complaint for libel" against Musk, BuzzFeed first reported. "You did so without any basis".

The 63-year-old, who has expert local knowledge of the Tham Luang cave system, added Musk could "stick his submarine where it hurts".

Mr Musk, however, has denied his use of the app was a distraction.

"Your dedication to facts and truth would have been wonderful if applied to that time when you called someone a pedo", posted Drew Olanoff.

Numerous commenters have called Musk out over his offhand defamatory statement.

The episode prompted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to probe whether Musk and Tesla intentionally made misleading statements to influence markets, something that's prohibited by regulations.

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