Weeks after issuing a public apology for baselessly calling a British cave diver a “pedo guy,” Elon Musk has ramped up his attacks on Vernon Unsworth, labeling the diver a “child rapist” without providing any evidence.
Musk’s renewed attacks on Unsworth, 63, who was involved in the July rescue of a youth soccer team in a Thailand cave, were sent to BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac last week in two separate emails.
In the first, sent on Aug. 30, Musk lambasted the reporter as a “fucking asshole” before describing Unsworth as an “old, single white guy from England who’s been traveling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years” and who has a “child bride who was about 12 years old at the time.”
“I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what’s actually going on and stop defending child rapists,” Musk wrote.
BuzzFeed said it “could find no evidence to support [these claims], and Musk did not provide any documentation to support his accusations.” No criminal records for Unsworth were uncovered in the U.K., the outlet added. BuzzFeed said it contacted the diver’s 40-year-old girlfriend, who said she’d been dating Unsworth for seven years.
Musk confirmed to The Guardian on Tuesday that he had sent the two emails to BuzzFeed, though neither he nor Tesla provided additional comment.