Tesla chief govt Elon Musk is ready to go to trial in Los Angeles on October 22 after British diver Vernon Unsworth filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to the billionaire govt.
Musk infamously referred to as Unsworth “pedo man” on Twitter within the wake of the Thailand cave rescue final 12 months. Musk’s assertion got here after Unsworth mentioned Musk constructed his mini-submarine to assist with the rescue purely as a “PR stunt.”
The Tesla CEO tried to have the defamation lawsuit dismissed and claimed that his assertion was shielded from authorized motion. Nonetheless, a federal court docket choose overseeing the case disagreed.
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Unsworth is in search of greater than $75,000 in damages from Musk and the lawsuit additionally seeks a court docket order to ban Musk from making related disparaging feedback sooner or later.
Simply a few days after calling Unsworth “pedo man,” Musk issued an announcement on Twitter apologizing to him.
“My phrases had been spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth mentioned a number of untruths & urged I interact in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been constructed as an act of kindness & in line with specs from the dive workforce chief,” Musk wrote.
“Nonetheless, his actions in opposition to me don’t justify my actions in opposition to him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the businesses I characterize as chief. The fault is mine and mine alone.”
Coincidentally, the information broke cowl simply a few weeks after he reached an settlement with the U.S. Securities and Change Fee about what he can and might’t tweet about concerning data that’s materials to Tesla.