Tesla’s Elon Musk sued for defamation by Thai cave rescuer over ‘pedo’ tweet

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The lawsuit was filed in the district court of the American district in Los Angeles, more than two months after Elon Musk had denounced the prosecutor as a "pedo-guy." Photo credit: Bloomberg

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was charged with defamation on Monday because he suggested that one of the 12 boys' rescuers and their football coach from a cave in Thailand in July was a pedophile.

Vernon Unsworth, a British caver, filed suit with the American district court in Los Angeles, more than two months after Musk called him & # 39; had mentioned.

Tesla did not respond immediately to a request for comment from Musk and the company.

Unsworth had mentioned Musk's offer to build a "tube" to help save the children a "PR stunt," and said that Musk "explained" the pedophile assertion simply because he did not agree was with that assessment.

"Despite his total lack of information in support of his false and slanderous accusations, Musk openly admitted to the world that he was in possession of non-revealed false and slanderous facts showing that Mr. Unsworth was guilty of accusations ", according to the indictment.

The lawsuit seeks compensation of at least $ 75,000, plus unspecified punitive damages.

Musk apologized for his tweet on July 18 and said: "his actions against me do not justify my actions against him", and that "the mistake is mine and mine alone".

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Tesla shares rose 49 cents to $ 295.71 during afternoon trading.