Elon Musk Risks Facing Legal Action After ‘Pedo’ Comments On Thai Cave Rescuer

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Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, could possibly face legal action after one of his tweets on Twitter, a social media platform, suggested that one of the divers that helped in the Thai cave rescue was a paedophile.

Musk had provided a mini-submarine to help in rescuing the trapped football players. He attacked Vern Unsworth, one of the British divers, after he said that the contribution of Musk was a “PR stunt.”

On Twitter, Musk has hit back on the comments of the diver. He claimed that his mini-submarine would have worked and he said that Unsworth was a “pedo guy.”

In an interview with the Guardian today Unsworth, who is 63 years old, said that he was “astonished and very angry” regarding the remarks of Musk.

He added: “I believe he’s called me a pedophile. I think people realize what sort of guy [Musk] is.”

When he was asked by the reporters if he would consider taking legal action against Musk, Unsworth answered: “Yes, it’s not finished”.

The knowledge of Unsworth of the cave complex is believed to have played a major role in the rescue efforts. He travelled into the caves during the first days after the boys went missing and helped in bringing in top international cave rescue experts for the said mission.

The Tesla and SpaceX boss initially defended his tweet after some users on Twitter pointed out that he was criticising one of the key divers during the rescue operations to save the 12 football players who are members of the Wild Boars youth football team who were trapped together with their coach from the flooded cave complex.

As a response to the criticism, Musk said in a tweet: “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”  However, he later deleted the said tweet and his initial tweets that inferred that Unsworth was a paedophile.

The stocks of Tesla fell by more than 3 percent Monday amidst the said issue.