Elon Musk wants the defamation suit brought against him by British diver Vernon Unsworth – whom he publicly accused of being a pedophile and child rapist after Unsworth declined Elon’s assistance rescuing a Thai soccer team (and their coach) who were trapped in an underwater cave – thrown in the woods.
Elon’s lawyers dismiss it all as “imaginative attacks” that amounted to a “schoolyard spat” and claim that, in any event, Musk’s accusations of pedophilia and child rape were protected “free speech.”
But Musk did more than just call names. He demanded – publicly – that Unsworth be investigated for pedophilia – urging a BuzzFeed reporter to “stop defending child rapists.”
That’s pretty heavy – and besides, calling a guy a jerk or whatever is not the same thing as publicly accusing someone of something not merely despicable but criminal.
How much is Unsworth’s reputation worth?
We’ll soon find out.
A hearing is scheduled for April, about four months from now.
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