Elon Musk revived the controversy over his comments in July on a British spelunker involved in the Thai Cave Rescue.
Unsworth had criticized Musk's idea to rescue a now rescued football team for boys caught in a cave in Thailand by using a mini submarine from a SpaceX Falcon 9 missile unit. The Brit then said that Musk could "pin his submarine where it hurts".
The cave diver said shortly after Musk's remarks in July that he was considering taking legal action against the billionaire. Tesla shares fell more than three percent that day.
Musk made an apology to Unsworth a few days after he made the unfounded accusation that the British explorer was a pedophile. In two posts on Twitter, the Tesla boss said he made the claim "rage" and the diver's criticism of his submarine proposal does not justify such retaliation.
Representatives of the Musk companies Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company were not immediately available for comment.
Musk's leadership has come into question in recent months, especially as he surprised investors with the announcement that he wanted to take the electric car manufacturer privately ̵
Bearish dealers have questioned whether the automaker can burn a corner of its cash and achieve profitability while seeking to increase production. Tesla exceeded a self-imposed production target of 5,000 cars per week in early July. Worries remain about possible shortcuts being made to achieve this goal, such as eliminating brake tests in the final days of the production process.
Tesla currently has a market capitalization of more than $ 53 billion, equivalent to that of General Motors.