Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

British diver prepares to sue Elon Musk over ‘pedo’ comment

British diver prepares to sue Elon Musk over ‘pedo’ comment

The letter contradicts a claim Mr Musk made on Twitter as recently as August 29 that Mr Unsworth had yet to begin proceedings against him.

Mr Musk added: "He was offered free legal services".

"Your dedication to facts and truth would have been wonderful if applied to that time when you called someone a pedo", posted Drew Olanoff.

On Tuesday, a Twitter user called out Musk for calling Unsworth a "pedo", to which the Tesla and SpaceX CEO retorted, "You don't think it's odd he hasn't sued me?" Nearly as if Elon was implying "don't you think if the things I wrote weren't true, he would have brought a legal challenge against me?"

Mr Musk has been embroiled in another Twitter-related controversy over recent weeks after tweeting that he was considering taking his vehicle firm private, adding that he had secured the funds required.

Billionaire Elon Musk said on Twitter that he wanted Ethereum "even if it [was] a scam" on Tuesday - perhaps as a tongue-in-cheek response to the cryptocurrency scammers who frequent Musk's Twitter.

In an interview with CNN at the time, Unsworth called Musk's presence a "PR stunt" and said the entrepreneur could "stick his submarine where it hurts".

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Musk was responding to a Forbes article shared on Twitter and written by Amy Nelson, the founder and CEO of workspace company The Riveter.

They culminated in a post that described Mr Unsworth as a "pedo guy" and a follow-up saying "bet ya a signed dollar it's true".

Mr Musk, however, has denied his use of the app was a distraction.

Musk's weird allegation came after Unsworth accused Musk of using the Thai cave rescue ordeal to stage a publicity stunt.

Unsworth said last month that he was considering legal action.

Musk started 17 days of drama when he tweeted on August 7 that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private, without sharing evidence that investor money was indeed lined up.

Mr Musk then apologised after Mr Vernon said he was considering suing him. Last week, Musk said Telsa would remain publicly-traded. "I worked with Silver Lake, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, who have world-class expertise in these matters, to consider the many factors that would come into play in taking Tesla private, and to process all the incoming interest that we received from investors to fund a go-private transaction", Musk wrote.

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