Elon Musk must defend himself in court after calling a diver who helped save Thai schoolboys trapped in a cave a pedophile, a Los Angeles judge says.
The federal court judge set a 22 October trial date.
Mr Musk is being sued by Vern Unsworth, who helped rescue the 12 boys from Thailand’s Tham Luang caves.
The Tesla boss called Mr Unsworth a “pedo” in a Twitter post after the Briton said Mr Musk’s attempt to help in the rescue was a “PR stunt”.
Along the way, Musk violated the First Rule of Holes:
Mr Musk soon apologised and deleted the offending tweets, saying he had acted “in anger”.
But he reignited the row in September. In an email to a Buzzfeed reporter, he implored the journalist to “find out what’s actually going on” and suggested the diver had taken no part in the cave rescue.
Unsworth is asking $75,000 plus punitive damages.