Shut up, Elon

Some people need more of a filter than others:

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.

2 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    12 May 2019 · 6:13 pm

    I remember that claim of Musk’s, and I remember my response was along the lines of the “Universal New Yorker Cartoon Caption” – “Cripes, what an a-hole” (slightly cleaned up, I AM a lady).

    That said: isn’t $75,000 for Musk something like me dumping the loose change out of my purse to try to lighten it up a little? (Or is he leveraged up to his eyeballs and doesn’t actually have any cash on hand)

  2. CGHill »

    12 May 2019 · 7:35 pm

    Not having his financials at hand, I can’t say how much of a dent this would make in his lifestyle, but the hordes of anti-Musk people, already persuaded that he’s out of his depth, will just have one more thing to throw at him, while the Tesla fanboys will continue to defend him no matter what.

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