A British cave diving expert who helped save the young Thai football team that was trapped in caves this summer is preparing a lawsuit against Elon Musk for "false and defamatory statements," such as TechCrunch has confirmed.
BuzzFeed reported on the development earlier, after receiving a letter to Musk from a company representing the diver, Vernon Unsworth, on August 6.
The background here is last in a highly offensive and extremely bizarre episode Month – even for the famed The Tesla and SpaceX CEO went to Twitter to attack Unsworth and branded him a "pedo type".
The bizarre attack came after Unsworth had given the media a critical interview that Musk had said and brought to Thailand "had absolutely no chance to work". Unsworth ended an interview segment by suggesting that Musk should hold his submarine where it hurts ̵
Given a commentary on a man who succeeded Musk then helped clear the offensive tweets and virtually apologized to Unsworth in another series of tweets on July 18, even though these were posted in a Twitter thread rather than send His then-Twitter followers (22.4 million)
Musk said that Unsworth's remark angered him, causing him to whip, but he added, "Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him and for that I apologize to Mr Unsworth and the companies I represent as leader, the blame lies with me alone. "
The public element of the episode might have ended there, but earlier this week Musk has beefed up everything by repeating his offensive allusion to Unsworth during a debate with former TechCrunch journalist Drew Olanoff. who had conjured up the "pedo guy" attack as an example of Musk himself telling untruths.
But instead of repeating his apology to Unsworth, Musk doubled his initial offensive attack – writing: "You do not think it's alien, he did not sue me, he was offered free legal advice."
Whereupon Olanoff replied, "What I find particularly strange here is that "I wonder why he did not sue you while the rest of us wonder why you did something so outrageous that he could ever sue you.
We contacted the law office to confirm that she represents Mr. Unsworth in a defamation lawsuit against Musk. Partner Lin Wood was unavailable to discuss the matter when we called, but he confirmed by email that the Firm Unsworth Pleads in a Libel Case Against Musk and Prepares a Legal Action.
In the company's letter earlier this month, Wood Musk announces that he has been told by Unsworth that Musk's defamatory statements on Twitter make him a pedophile
Wood also writes that he is preparing a civil suit for defamation and invites Musk to contact him "in an attempt to avoid litigation and to see the public records corrected."
It is not clear whether Musk had seen the letter at the time of his tweets to Olanoff.
We have reached Musk (via Twitter) for a comment the legal action and to ask if he will withdraw his repeated allegation against Unsworth. We will bring this story up to date with every answer.
The unpredictable behavior of Tesla CEO has caused other high-profile headaches for his companies in recent weeks after he tweeted that he had taken Tesla privately – causing violent fluctuations in the stock price and testing (and possible problems) by the Securities and Exchange Commission, just for the idea of fixing weeks later.
The associated risks to shareholders in a corporation whose CEO uses Twitter as a weapon to spoil personal spats and feuds – and spew out important business decisions – without worrying about the legal and reputational consequences for him or his companies would be difficult to quantify, but just as difficult to deny.