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Elon Musk sued for defamation for calling Thai cave rescuer a paedophile

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Priscilla Morrison | 18 September, 2018, 19:32

Mr Unsworth said all of these accusations were false, and that the defamatory statements "were manufactured out of whole cloth by Musk out of a belief on his part that his wealth and stature allowed him to falsely accuse Mr Unsworth with impunity" because he disagreed with him about the mini-submarine.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles federal court yesterday and as well as compensation, Unsworth seeks a court order stopping Musk from making further allegations.

In a tweet in July, Musk referred to Unsworth as a "pedo guy" after Unsworth criticized Musk's plans to use a small submarine to help rescue Thai youths stranded in a cave.

This ordeal dates back to June when Musk chose to help a young boys' soccer team and their coach when they became trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Unsworth told CNN, Elon's sub was a "PR stunt" that "had absolutely no chance of working". But in emails late last month to BuzzFeed, Musk added onto the attack, saying Unsworth was a "child rapist" who had moved to Thailand for a 12-year-old bride.

Representatives of Tesla Inc., one of Musk's companies, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Musk on the allegations. "Should be solved shortly", Musk said in a tweet.

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"I f-- hope he sues me", Musk said of Unsworth.

Unsworth started caving when he was 16 years old and was involved in several cave rescues in the United Kingdom, according to the lawsuit.

Musk and the British cave explorer, Vernon Unsworth, have been locked in a heated back-and-forth for weeks after Unsworth questioned Musk's efforts to aid in the rescue of the Thai boys soccer team. "He was offered free legal services".

Unsworth said he has been exploring caves since 1971 when he was 16, and now shares a house in the Thailand countryside near Chiang Rai with a 40-year-old woman who owns a nail salon. Unsworth called friend and fellow diver Rob Harper. It concedes that Unsworth was not involved in the final planning stages of the rescue because he didn't have enough experience to make the dive.

Unsworth's representatives also said he was planning to file a separate claim in the UK. "Musk's influence and wealth can not convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability".

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