Elon Musk Tesla and SpaceX CEO resumed testifying in his personal protection on Wednesday in a defamation lawsuit filed by Vernon Unsworth, the British caver who he referred to as a “pedo guy” on Twitter.
Musk apologized for the “pedo guy” tweet throughout his first day of testimony in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Unsworth’s attorney L. Lin Wood on Wednesday requested whether or not Musk believed his “pedo guy” remark impacted Tesla shares. The testimony ended with Wood asking about Musk’s net value. Over the objections of Alex Spiro, Musk’s lawyer, the decision allowed the query, saying, “Let’s give everybody a headline.”
The conflict between Musk and Unsworth started in the summertime of 2018. Unsworth, who’s a spelunker and skilled diver, led the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand then.
Earlier than the rescue was accomplished, Musk had endeavored to contain himself, and workers from his firms SpaceX and Tesla, within the rescue. They created a rescue pod, or miniature submersible, that finally proved of no use within the rescue effort.
Musk and his group pressured Thai officials to make favorable public statements about their involvement, whereas the rescue was nonetheless in progress, and the boys’ lives have been in danger.
In court this week, Musk contended that when he referred to as the cave rescue hero a “pedo guy” on Twitter, he was simply responding to Unsworth’s “unprovoked attack,” with equally heated rhetoric, not meant as a literal accusation of pedophilia. Unsworth may also show that he suffered damages because of the alleged defamation.