Diver Behind Thai Soccer Team Rescue Sues Elon Musk Over Pedophile Remark

Musk says Tesla now in 'delivery logistics hell'

A British caver who helped in the dramatic rescue of 12 boys trapped in Thailand earlier this year sued Tesla founder Elon Musk on Monday, September 17, for calling him a "pedo guy" and a "child rapist".

Though Unsworth told CNN three days later that Musk's offer was a "PR stunt" that had no chance of working and that Musk could "stick his submarine where it hurts", he said that did not justify Musk's use of Twitter and the media to defame him.

Vernon Unsworth sued over Mr Musk's reference to him in a July 15 tweet as a "pedo guy", a comment for which Mr Musk later apologised.

Musk in July called Unsworth a "pedo" after Unsworth criticized Musk in a television interview. Unsworth's lawyer said he shares a home with his significant other, a 40-year-old owner of a nail salon, in the countryside near Chiang Rai in Thailand. But in August Musk seemed to revive the accusation against the diver, responding someone on Twitter by saying, "You don't think it's odd he hasn't sued me?"

Musk and Tesla did not respond to requests for comment, and it's unclear who will represent him.

The lawsuit explains Mr Unsworth's role in the rescue, saying that on June 23, when the soccer players became trapped, several Thai officials called and asked him to go to the cave as soon as possible.

'Mr Unsworth is not a paedophile. "Should be solved shortly", Musk said in a tweet.

Mr Unsworth did not take part in the dives but had previously explored the cave complex extensively. He was the first foreign rescuer to arrive.

The boys, aged 11-16, were reached on July 2 by Volanthen and Stanton, according to the lawsuit. A separate suit will follow in London, the filing says. "Musk's influence and wealth can not convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court of law".

His account had over 22.5 million followers during this time, the filing states.

You'll recall Unsworth was critical of Elon's efforts to build a mini-submarine to help with the rescue.

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