Elon Musk still has it out for the British diver who helped rescue 12 teenagers trapped in a cave in Thailand in July.
At the time of the rescue, the Tesla founder, who was apparently working on his own underwater submarine scheme to help the trapped kids, ranted on Twitter about Vernon Unsworth, calling him a “pedo.” Vernon had referred to Musk’s submarine idea as a “PR stunt.”
Musk apologized at the time for his accusation and deleted the original tweets, though last week he appeared to bring the allegations back, suggesting on Twitter that it was “strange he hasn’t sued me.”
Now, in emails to a BuzzFeed reporter dated Aug. 30, Musk brought the accusations back in full force, claiming Unsworth was a “child rapist” who had married a “12-year-old bride.”
“I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what’s actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you f**king asshole,” Musk wrote. “He’s an old, single white guy from England who’s been travelling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years, mostly Pattaya Beach, until moving to Chiang Rai for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time.”
Unsworth’s lawyer has now confirmed that his client will be taking legal action, telling The Guardian on Tuesday, “Elon Musk’s campaign of publishing vile and false accusations against Mr Unsworth is inexcusable. Musk hopes to be sued and he deserves to be sued. He will be.”