>> Elon Musk is being sued for defamation, for falsely claiming a British caver in Thailand was a pedophile and child rapist. That complaint brought by Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in July. Musk had also offered his help via a mini-submarine created by his rocket company, SpaceX.
But that submarine was rejected by the cavers, who then freed the boys in a daring three-day operation. After the rescue, Unsworth told CNN the Tesla chief executive's offer was a PR stunt, and that he could stick his submarine where it hurts. Musk's response was a tweet to his more than 22 million followers, referring to Unsworth as pedo guy.
He apologized three days later, saying he had spoken in anger. But Unsworth also claims Musk falsely called him a child rapist and sex trafficker in an August email to a BuzzFeed reporter. He's seeking $75,000 of compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages in the Los Angeles-filed complaint.>> There's a lot of problems in the world.
>> Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Musk and the company, but the latest case adds to a slew of litigation against Musk, including over his running of Tesla.>>