By Washington Examiner. A Los Angeles jury ruled against British cave diver Vernon Unsworth in his defamation lawsuit against Elon Musk.
Unsworth filed a lawsuit against Musk after the two clashed over the best way to help a young soccer team escape a flooded cave in Thailand last year.
Musk had pitched several prototypes of submarines that could be used to rescue the boys. Unsworth, however, claimed that Musk “had no conception of what the cave passage was like” and argued that his efforts to help the boys was only a public relations stunt to help his two companies, Tesla and SpaceX. (Read more from “Jury Sides with Elon Musk in ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Lawsuit” HERE)
By Lora Kolodny. Unsworth brought the suit against Musk in September 2018, after the Tesla and SpaceX CEO had called him “sus” (suspicious) and a “pedo guy” on Twitter earlier that summer. Musk also characterized the spelunker as a “child rapist” in e-mails to Buzzfeed reporter Ryan Mac, and practically requested the lawsuit in August 2018 with a tweet that said, “Don’t you think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me?”
In his testimony during the defamation trial this week, Musk apologized to Unsworth and said he did not believe the cave explorer was a pedophile.
Musk and his defense team, led by attorney Alex Spiro, argued that “pedo guy” was simply heated rhetoric and not meant as a statement of fact. They also argued that the phrase “pedo guy” is widely known as slang for “creepy old guy.” And they suggested that Unsworth was looking for a payday in court, and had not sincerely been harmed by the “pedo guy” label.
The clash between the two men began when Unsworth criticized Musk for involving himself, and his employees, in an effort to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from flooded caves in Thailand in July 2018.
Unsworth’s expertise and knowledge of the caves proved instrumental in extracting the soccer team. He is credited as being a leader of the rescue effort. (Read more about the defamation lawsuit against Musk HERE)