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Elon Musk Sued by Diver in Thailand Cave Rescue

18 September 2018

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On July 18, amid criticism from Tesla investors, Musk apologized and tweeted that his "words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths".

Musk and the diver, Vernon Unsworth, engaged in a public dispute in the midst of rescue attempts after Unsworth accused the billionaire entrepreneur of only offering to aid the efforts as a "PR stunt".

Musk also said it was suspect that the "British expat guy" was living in Thailand, referring to Thailand's reputation for sex tourism.

"As one of the highest-profile and wealthiest individuals in the world, Musk knew that this accusations against Mr. Unsworth would be conveyed to a worldwide audience and would result in the accusations receiving massive publicity", the lawsuit says.

Some hours later, Unsworth's lawyer replied to the tweet with a picture of a letter sent to Musk informing him he would be sued for libel.

Musk tweeted: "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it".

But on 28 August, Mr Musk tweeted again, writing: 'You don't think it's unusual he hasn't sued me?

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Musk's gadget had "absolutely no chance of working", Unsworth told CNN, adding that Musk had "no conception of what the cave passage was like".

'Together with Mr Unsworth, Mr Harper, Mr Volanthen, and Mr Stanton put together the dive portion of the rescue plan that ultimately saved the boys, ' the lawsuit said.

He also claimed Mr Unsworth was not a cave diver and that he hoped the Briton sued him. They reject allegations of pedophilia and say Unsworth has "never been married to a minor".

An email to Buzzfeed reporter Ryan Mac included the claim the Briton was a "child rapist", imploring the reporter to "find out what's actually going on" and suggesting the diver took no part in the cave rescue.

The 47-year-old billionaire who earlier this month faced investor ire over smoking marijuana on a live web show, has indicated in the past that Tesla's customers may face a longer response time because of a significant increase in vehicle delivery volume in North America. He met his current girlfriend in Thailand in 2011. He was the first foreign rescuer to arrive.

He recommended that the Thai government seek help from divers in the United Kingdom, and Mr Unsworth called friend and fellow diver Rob Harper.

The last soccer player was rescued July 8.

Elon Musk Sued by Diver in Thailand Cave Rescue