Elon Musk says ‘pedo guy’ tweet should not be taken ‘literally’

Elon Musk’s tweet in which he called a British man a “pedo guy” should not have been taken literally and was just a retaliatory insult, the billionaire has told a court.

The Tesla chief executive is being sued by Vernon Unsworth who was involved in the rescue of the Thai boys football team from a flooded cave in July 2018.

The case stems from an offer to supply a mini-submarine by the entrepreneur that would help transport the boys trapped in the cave.

Three days after the rescue was successfully completed, Mr Unsworth told CNN that Musk’s offer was a “PR stunt” and that he should “stick his submarine where it hurts”.

Image:Mr Unsworth says Musk should pay punitive and other damages

Testifying at his defamation trial, Musk said he was merely responding in kind to Mr Unsworth’s remarks which he described as “an unprovoked attack on what was a good-natured attempt to help the kids”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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