British rescuer considers legal action against Elon Musk over ‘pedo’ tweet

British rescuer considers legal action against Elon Musk over ‘pedo’ tweet

British rescuer considers legal action against Elon Musk over ‘pedo’ tweet

In another tweet, Musk says he "never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand" and challenged the suggestion he was asked to leave the cave because his assistance wasn't necessary. The diver called Musk's plan a "PR stunt" and stated his belief that the miniature submarine would have failed completely to make it through the tight, narrow bends in the underwater cave.

Musk has yet to issue an apology to Unsworth, and Tesla has not made a statement on the incident. Meanwhile, Musk's team had abandoned the submarine.

Musk, who's not shy about courting controversy on social media, draws intense attention to each post he makes. "They had no conception of what the cave passage was like.It wouldn't have made the first 50 metres into the cave from the dive start point", Vern Unsworth told The Telegraph.

The Guardian reported that Mr Unsworth said: "I believe he's called me a paedophile".

The caver said he would make a decision when he flies back to the United Kingdom this week, but added that the episode with Musk "ain't finished".

Asked if he would consider taking legal action against Musk, he told reporters: "Yes, it's not finished".

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Unsworth said he had saved copies of Musk's tweets and believed that the businessman had "lost the plot", adding: "I have a lot of support from people around the world astonished by his unfounded comments". "I think people realize what sort of guy [Musk] is".

Reports emerged on Monday that two Australian divers who took part in the rescue had obtained diplomatic immunity before the operation in case it failed.

The tweet, later deleted, sent investors away from Tesla stock and could expose the temperamental rocket scientist to a libel suit. "I'm certain they wish he would be a more cautious tweeter". Musk traveled to the site in Chiang Rai province, but the team was rescued by Thai divers with aid from an global group of volunteers.

Rattled investors sent Tesla shares tumbling 3 percent on Monday, extending a losing streak for a company that was only weeks ago America's most valuable automaker, worth more than General Motors.

Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, offered no evidence or justification for his claim that Unsworth is a pedophile.

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