Thailand cave rescuer may sue Elon Musk for calling him a pedophile

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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.

Hours later, a dive team sans submarine began extracting the children - ultimately successfully.

In a Tweet, Musk had proposed "a tiny kid sized submarine" for the rescue.

Musk attacked a British diver who had dismissed his efforts to help the Thai rescue mission.

"It's not finished", Unsworth said on Monday in a new interview with 7 News Sydney. "It had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the cave passage was like", he said.

His statements come at a good time as his recent comments may have led to financial repercussions Musk simply can not afford. Rigid", he said. "So it wouldn't have gone around corners or around any obstacles.

The company, which has had only two profitable quarters, is deep in debt and will have trouble meeting Musk's prediction of a profit in the second half of this year, Spiegel said.

If Musk's behavior did not change, "it could have a dramatic negative impact on the company", said Gene Munster, head of research at Loup Ventures, a venture capital firm.

He later deleted the tweets. Even experienced divers had difficulty, and one Thai Navy SEAL even died during the rescue.

Last week, Narongsak Osottanakorn, the leader of the rescue operation in Thailand, rejected Musk's mini-submarine as not suitable for the task.

But his latest outburst on Twitter attacking a British rescue worker in Thailand has raised fresh concerns over the star tech entrepreneur's stability and leadership abilities.

And midway through his rant, for some inexplicable reason, he accused Unsworth of sex crimes.

Musk responded with a tweet branding Unsworth a "pedo".

The cave expert, who provided mapping knowledge to rescuers, said yesterday that he was considering whether to take legal action against Mr Musk.

He then doubled down on the claim, writing: "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true".

When faced with criticism, CEO Elon Musk has shown a tendency to lash out with defensive statements or claims about his critics, but none have quite reached the levels as this one.

A lawyer who spoke to The Guardian called it "a cast-iron case of libel". The spelunker did not necessarily disagree when reporters asked for his reaction to the pedophile comments. "I haven't decided what to do next yet", Vern Unsworth told Reuters in Mae Sai town in Chiang Rai province, about 3 km (2 miles) from the cave where the boys and their coach were trapped for 18 days. The following week, he hung up on the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board who called to tell him the agency was booting Tesla representatives from the investigation of a fatal crash involving a Model X driver.

Tesla said last week that it had sold more than 200,000 vehicles in the United States to date, the point at which a company's tax credits begin to decline.

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