Musk’s ‘faith restored’ after winning $190m case over ‘pedo’ tweet

Elon Musk has said his “faith in humanity is restored” after he won a defamation case brought against him for calling a British caving expert a “pedo guy”.

Vernon Unsworth sued the billionaire Tesla founder after they had a Twitter spat during the July 2018 Thailand cave rescue.

Mr Unsworth was left feeling “humiliated, ashamed” by the tweet from Musk, a federal court in California heard.

Mr Musk’s lawyers argued it was no more than a playground insult and did not represent a genuine allegation of paedophilia.

Image:Vernon Unsworth said he would ‘take it on the chin and get on with my life’

The jury of five women and three men deliberated for less than an hour before finding in favour of Mr Musk.

Mark Gibson

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

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