Elon Musk wins defamation case over 'pedo guy' tweet
Elon Musk has won the defamation case against him by British cave diver Vernon Unsworth over a series of Twitter comments made last year.
A US jury has found Musk not liable in the defamation case.
Following news, Musk told DailyMail.com: 'My faith in humanity is restored.'
Unsworth's lawyer Stephens said: 'That is a serious problem. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a bullying billionaire or a penniless troll, that behaviour is destructive.'
His team will be vying for a retrial and will file papers by Christmas.
So what exactly caused this controversy?
Last year, in a tragedy that captivated the whole world, twelve boys and their football coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex after a week-long rescue mission.
Musk, through his Twitter profile, rallied to the cause and offered to help the rescue mission by providing a submarine. However, the divers working the mission had to turn down the request. He then went on a tweet storm and said he would prove that his "mini-sub" would have worked in the mission.
You would think this would have been the end of the back and forth between the two men. But it wasn't.
Unsworth then went after Musk in a CNN interview, and said the "mini-sub just had absolutely no chance of working". He also said that the mini submarine Musk had sent to Thailand to help in the rescue was a “publicity stunt.”
In response, Musk tweeted the now-deleted and the cause of the defamation suit statement: "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it."
BuzzFeed later reported that Musk then hired a private investigator who was previously convicted of fraud to look into Vernon Unsworth in an attempt to prove the "pedo guy" assertion.
The Space X CEO then sent BuzzFeed News an off-the-record email, where he accused the diver of moving to Thailand for a 12-year-old child bride.
Unsworth denied the accusation and said his wife was 32, not 12, when he met her in London. He then sued Musk, in court filings. The billionaire CEO said that his "pedo guy" tweet didn't mean anything.
"Pedo guy was a common insult used in South Africa when I was growing up. It is synonymous with 'creepy old man' and is used to insult a person's appearance and demeanor, not accuse a person of pedophilia," the filing read.