Elon Musk supposedly does not understand his accurate net worth, based upon stock he owns in Tesla and SpaceX, however affirmed that $20 billion was most likely an affordable quote. Musk supposedly made the remark Wednesday throughout statement in a character assassination case brought versus him by British cavern scuba diver Vernon Unsworth, whom Musk called a “pedo guy” in a tweet in 2015.
On Tuesday, Musk excused the tweet throughout the very first day of the trial, kept in United States District Court in Los Angeles, and on Wednesday he restated that “pedo guy” was indicated as an insult, not a declaration of reality, according to CNBC.
In July 2018, Musk called Unsworth, a scuba diver who assisted save a kids soccer group caught in a Thai cavern, a “pedo guy” on Twitter after the scuba diver slammed Musk’s proposed submarine rescue strategy. Unsworth took legal action against Musk for libel in September 2018, stating the tweet harmed him by associating his name with pedophilia.
On Wednesday, Unsworth affirmed that he took Musk’s tweet actually and felt “humiliated” and “ashamed,” CNN reported. “I’m not sure of how many times it was repeated, but it was essentially my name was being tied to being a pedophile,” Unsworth supposedly stated Wednesday.
Attorneys for Musk and Unsworth didn’t right away react to ask for remark.
During the trial, Unsworth’s lawyer asked Musk his net worth, according to CNBC. Musk supposedly stated he owns stock in Tesla and SpaceX however does not have a great deal of money. When asked if $20 billion is an affordable quote, Musk reacted that “I think SpaceX and Tesla stock probably amount to that,” according to CNBC.
More witnesses are set to affirm Thursday. Unsworth might supposedly win around $75,000 if the court discovers that Musk libelled him and triggered him damage.
During closing arguments Friday, Unsworth’s lawyer supposedly called Musk a “billionaire bully” and recommended he pay $190 million in damages for the libel.
“He dropped a nuclear bomb on Vernon Unsworth,” the lawyer argued, Reuters reported Friday.
Originally released Dec. 5.
Update, Dec. 6: Adds report on $190 million looked for in damages.