Musk ‘pedo guy’ tweet like a ‘life sentence without parole’

Elon Musk and Vernon Unsworth could not have presented more contrasting personalities from the witness box in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Musk, the idiosyncratic billionaire, sometimes brusque, often bumbling, his awkward attempts at charm and humour getting a mixed reception – and utterly dismissive of the allegation against him.

Unsworth, the British caving expert in the most unfamiliar of surroundings, laying out in graphic detail the impact he says Musk’s “pedo guy” tweet has had on his life.

The court was rapt as Unsworth, who played a key role in the rescue of the young Thai footballers from a cave system last summer, said he felt he had been branded a paedophile by that tweet.

His voice cracked as he described feeling “raw, humiliated, ashamed and dirtied” by the experience. He finds it hard even to read the word ‘paedophile’, let alone talk about it, he said.

Mark Gibson

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

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