Cave diver considers suing Elon Musk for calling him a 'pedo'

Cave diver considers suing Elon Musk for calling him a 'pedo'

Cave diver considers suing Elon Musk for calling him a 'pedo'

Musk responded on Sunday in a weird series of tweets referring to Unsworth, without using his name, as "pedo guy".

Unsworth had criticized Musk's submarine as a "PR stunt" and said, "He can stick his submarine where it hurts". The unsubstantiated claim came after the expert caver criticized the miniature submarine Musk created to help with the Thai cave rescue. It's unclear what provoked the outburst, but earlier this month Unsworth spoke critically of Musk's miniature submarine design in an interview with CNN. "They had no conception of what the cave passage was like.It wouldn't have made the first 50 metres into the cave from the dive start point", Vern Unsworth told The Telegraph. In an interview last week, Musk said he was reforming from his belief that Twitter was a no-holds-barred battleground where "if you attack me, it is therefore OK for me to attack back". A Thai official said the equipment, built by Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp., wasn't practical and it wasn't used.

When asked if he'd take legal action against Musk, Unsworth said he's considering the possibility. "I am not gonna make any further comment about him but I think people realize what sort of a 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.

He said he had no contact with Musk throughout the rescue operation nor since.

"Bet ya a signed dollar it's true", he wrote in another tweet that has since been removed.

The tweet, later deleted, sent investors away from Tesla stock and could expose the temperamental rocket scientist to a libel suit. At the time, Unsworth hadn't yet read Musk's tweets but had been told about them.

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Vernon Unsworth, who provided expert mapping knowledge of the cave to an global team of divers, told AFP he will weigh his options when he gets back home in the United Kingdom and has a chance to examine the tweets.

"The challenge is that he would have to find assets of Musk's outside of the America".

"The caver told AFP he would make a decision when he flies back to the United Kingdom this week, but said the episode with Musk 'ain't finished, '" the news agency reported. He said Musk, whom he had never met, must have a "bruised ego".

Representatives for Musk didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tesla shares are down 3.7% this year.

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