Billionaire Elon Musk has been sued for defamation for falsely suggesting that the British caver Vernon Unsworth, who had helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave in July, was a paedophile.
North-London based Unsworth has sued Musk over a July 15 tweet where Tesla boss referred to him as a “pedo guy,” a comment for which Musk later apologised.
He also claimed that Musk falsely called him a child rapist and sex trafficker in an August 30 email to BuzzFeed News.
Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Musk and the company.
Unsworth is seeking at least $75,000 of compensatory damages plus unspecified punitive damages in his complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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