Thai cave rescuer may sue over Elon Musk's deleted 'paedo' tweets

Thai cave rescuer may sue over Elon Musk's deleted 'paedo' tweets

Thai cave rescuer may sue over Elon Musk's deleted 'paedo' tweets

British rescuer Vern Unsworth says he is considering legal action against U.S. billionaire Elon Musk after he made an unfounded and disparaging claim he was a "pedo", or pedophile, in a now-deleted tweet.

Musk had developed a miniature submarine device as a possible method of bringing the children out of the cave, but Unsworth said the vessel "had absolutely no chance of working", and was "a PR stunt".

Elon Musk has come under fire for accusing a member of the Thailand cave rescue team of being a pedophile.

Musk - briefly - is a person who co-founded the e-commerce site PayPal, who later built rocket ships through SpaceX and electric cars through Tesla, and who is alternately hailed as a visionary or derided as a showboater for pitching ideas to begin colonising Mars next decade, or build highways under Los Angeles, or create a website to rate the credibility of journalists who report on problems at his electric-car company.

"He had no conception of what the cave passage was like", Unsworth said in the interview.

The tech billionaire called out Vern Unsworth in a post on Twitter yesterday afternoon. "It wouldn't have made the first 50 meters into the cave from the dive start point".

The company, which has had only two profitable quarters, is deep in debt and will have trouble meeting Musk's prediction of a profit in the second half of this year, Spiegel said.


In an interview with Australian broadcaster Nine Network, Unsworth said he was considering legal action against Musk for the comment.

But Unsworth stopped short of saying anything personal about Musk, adding, "I am not gonna make any further comment about him but I think people realize what sort of guy he is". The Tesla boss said he hadn't seen "this British expat guy" in the caves during the rescue, only Thai military divers. Musk also said he would make a video to prove that the mini-sub could have helped in the rescue. "You had a very big shareholder last week say they want him to focus on executing and stop with the tweets - and then, this weekend, you get more tweets".

When Twitter users called out Musk's attack on Unsworth as unfair, he doubled down.

Unsworth told AFP on Monday he had not reviewed the tweets in full and had only heard about them. Unsworth's knowledge of the Thai cave system helped rescuers locate the missing soccer team. Musk has since deleted both of the tweets. "I don't know the guy, never met the guy, and don't want to meet the guy", he said.

Representatives of T. Rowe Price, Fidelity Investments and Baillie Gifford - Tesla's three largest shareholders, behind Musk himself - also declined to comment.

Rattled investors sent Tesla shares tumbling 3 percent on Monday, extending a losing streak for a company that was only weeks ago America's most valuable automaker, worth more than General Motors.

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