Tesla CEO Elon Musk must go to trial to defend himself for mocking a British diver as a pedophile in a verbal sparring match that unfolded final summer season after the underwater rescue of youth soccer gamers trapped in a Thailand cave.
A federal courtroom decide in Los Angeles set an Oct. 22 trial date in a Friday courtroom submitting that rejected Musk’s try to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by British diver Vernon Unsworth.
Musk known as Unsworth a “pedo” in a July 15 submit on this Twitter account after Unsworth, in an interview with CNN, dismissed Musk’s makes an attempt to assist rescue the soccer gamers as a “PR stunt.” Unsworth additionally derided the submarine that Musk had constructed for a rescue mission, prompting Musk to lash again on this Twitter account, which had 22.5 million followers on the time.
Musk contended his insult was shielded from authorized motion, however the decide overseeing the case disagreed.
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Unsworth is in search of greater than $75,000 in damages from Musk, a multibillionaire. The go well with additionally seeks a courtroom order prohibiting Musk from making any additional disparaging feedback.
That is the second time in lower than a 12 months that Musk’s free-wheeling feedback on Twitter have saddled him with authorized complications.
Final 12 months, Musk and Tesla reached a $40 million settlement of allegations that he misled traders with a tweet declaring he had secured financing for a buyout of the electrical automobile maker. He then needed to go to courtroom earlier this 12 months to defend himself towards assertions that he had violated an settlement with the Securities and Trade Fee about his tweeting.