British diver prepares to sue Elon Musk over ‘pedo’ comment

Sean Reid
August 30, 2018

Musk kicked up controversy again Tuesday when he wrote on Twitter that he thought it was "strange" he had not yet been sued by Unsworth. "I think people realise what sort of guy [Musk] is".

Unsworth had criticised a mini-submarine that Musk had delivered for the rescue as impractical and said he could "stick [it] where it hurts". And you call yourself @yoda ...

The SEC already had been investigating whether Musk's vehicle production forecasts may have misled investors before the regulator started scrutinizing whether he had secured funding for a Tesla buyout, Bloomberg News reported on August 9.

Musk deleted the "pedo" tweets and eventually apologized for the posts after the incident caused major headaches for the CEO.

The 47-year-old's hostility towards Unsworth stems from the diver's comments he made about the billionaire's submarine, which he said "had absolutely no chance of working" in the rescue.

Unsworth said he has not ruling out taking legal action against Musk over the tweets.

But everything was reignited on Tuesday, when ― after saying he totally, definitely, for sure didn't cry during a recent New York Times interview ― Musk further attacked Unsworth, suggesting it was true that he's a pedophile because he hadn't tried to sue. It appears to show that Unsworth has retained Wood's services, and is actually preparing a civil complaint for libel.

"You published through three different tweets to your twenty-two million followers that Mr. Unsworth engages in the sexual exploitation of Thai children, and you did so at a time when he was working to save the lives of twelve Thai children", Wood wrote.

Mr Musk's latest tweet was written in response to a former journalist, who had accused him of hypocrisy. "You did so without any basis".

Mr Musk also sought to lend a hand and travelled to the cave with a mini-submarine he said the boys could use to escape.

"He's not going to become a typical CEO, so the question is whether he's going to make statements that run afoul of securities laws", said Ken Bertsch, an executive director at the Council of Institutional Investors, a trade group that represents public pension funds that own Tesla shares.

Musk posted the tweet in response to an article about the removal of accounts responsible for coordinated manipulation on Twitter, praising the micro-blogging platform's actions.

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