Vernon Unsworth, the caver accused by Elon Musk of being a pedophile, filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to the Tesla CEO on Monday.
“Elon Musk falsely accused Vern Unsworth of being responsible of heinous crimes,” Unsworth’s legal professional L. Lin Wooden stated in an announcement. “Musk’s affect and wealth can not convert his lies into reality or defend him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court docket of legislation.”
Unsworth is an skilled spelunker who helped save 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded collapse Thailand in July.
Musk grew indignant with Unsworth after the caver criticized Musk’s makes an attempt to assist with the Thai cave rescue effort by constructing a miniature submarine. On Twitter, Musk made the unfounded declare that he was a “pedo” or pedophile. Musk doubled down on his declare in different tweets earlier than deleting them.
The caver, who’s a UK citizen, filed the lawsuit in a federal court docket in California. In that swimsuit, Unsworth is looking for greater than $75,00zero in damages and is asking the court docket to cease Musk from making any additional “false or defamatory accusations.”
Unsworth will file a separate lawsuit in London over damages to his status in England and Wales.
Ultimately, Musk made an apology to Unsworth. Within the assertion, Musk known as Unsworth out for “a number of untruths” and suggesting Musk stick “his submarine the place it hurts.”
“Nonetheless, his actions in opposition to me don’t justify my actions in opposition to him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the businesses I symbolize as chief,” Musk stated.
However Unsworth’s attorneys took concern with Musk’s apology, writing within the swimsuit that it “considerably didn’t disavow or retract his accusations of pedophilia in opposition to Mr. Unsworth.”
The lawsuit additionally claimed that Unsworth’s status was broken by accusations Musk made in opposition to him in an e mail despatched to a BuzzFeed Information reporter.
Late final month, Musk wrote on Twitter that he thought it was “unusual” he had not but been sued by Unsworth.
Representatives of Tesla and Elon Musk didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
— CNN’s Jackie Wattles and AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.
CNNMoney (New York) First printed September 17, 2018: three:00 PM ET