Musk twice accused the rescuer, but never provided proof of his words.
Rescuer Vern Answorth sued the head of Tesla Elon Musk because the entrepreneur called him a pedophile and accused of marrying a 12-year-old girl.
Answorth demands to pay him a minimum of $ 75,000 in compensation, and also to take out the Musk’s injunction, which will force him to “refrain from further public statements containing false and defamatory accusations.”
Elon Musk falsely accused Vern Answorth of monstrous crimes. The influence and condition of the Musk can not turn his lies into truth or protect him from responsibility in court.
The conflict between Musk and Answort began on July 13, when the rescuer stated that the submarine of the entrepreneur was “completely useless” for saving children from a Thai cave and could not even overcome 50 meters. In response, Musk called the diver a pedophile and said that his submarine could go all the way to the children. Soon after, the businessman removed the tweets and apologized, and Answorth promised to sue him.
On 5 September, Musk, in correspondence with the BuzzFeed publication via e-mail, again called Answort “a children’s rapist” and accused of marrying a 12-year-old girl. The entrepreneur said that he still hopes for a lawsuit from the diver.
In BuzzFeed News noted that it is unclear why Musk continues to consider Ansvorta a pedophile. Head Tesla did not provide any evidence for this version, and it was not possible to find any complaints about the diver in the past. Journalists learned that in fact the lawyer of the rescuer sent Musk a warning about a possible prosecution in early August.