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

Ann Santiago
August 30, 2018

Another day, another Elon Musk Twitter kerfuffle.

Elon Musk appears to have doubled down (or tripled down) on his claim that the British cave diver involved in last month's Thai football team rescue mission is a "pedo". "I don't think a CEO should be on Twitter; I would have hoped that would have been the lesson. He was offered free legal services", Tesla's chief posted.

Elon Musk was apparently none too happy when British cave diver Vern Unsworth said the submarine Musk built - and shouted about to the world on Twitter and in the New York Times - was a "PR stunt" and that he should stick said sub "where it hurts".

Unsworth emerged as one of the harshest critics of Musk's plan, arguing that the submarine "had absolutely no chance of working" as Musk lacked any notion of "what the cave passage was like".

Unsworth later responded to Musk's comments, telling the Guardian: "I believe he's called me a paedophile".

Unsworth said last month that he was considering legal action.

Musk sent a string of now-deleted tweets in which he said he was working on producing a video to prove his submarine could have reached the trapped football team. "This past year has been the most hard and painful year of my career", he said in the story. Musk said on Friday that Tesla would remain public, but said he believed there was "more than enough funding" to take the company private.

"Female founders must constantly consider how they are perceived in both business and life, which creates a tension that doesn't allow us to be fully vulnerable or transparent", she said. "That's it. There were no tears". And you call yourself @yoda ...

Musk doubled down on the comments on Tuesday, tweeting, "You don't think it's odd he hasn't sued me? He was offered free legal services".

Musk then asked Olanoff why he hadn't investigated the matter.

Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday, Mr Unsworth said he could not comment on the issue, but added: "It's all being dealt with, that's all I can say".

Unsworth's lawyer in an August 6 letter to Musk threatened a possible lawsuit for "false and defamatory statements", Buzzfeed News reported. "You did so without any basis".

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

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

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