British diver Elon Musk called a 'pedo' is preparing to sue him for libel: report
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The British diver from this summer's Thai cave rescue whom Tesla founder Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskThe pandemic showed states that businesses don't need special favors Would becoming one of the first people to settle Mars be worth dying for? Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump campaign tweet of Biden clip as manipulated media | Democrats demand in-person election security briefings resume | Proposed rules to protect power grid raise concerns MORE referred to as a "pedo" is reportedly preparing to sue him for libel.

Diver Vernon Unsworth played a pivotal role in the high-profile July rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach following flooding in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave.


At the time, Musk offered technology to aid in the mission that ultimately did not prove helpful. When Unsworth called the mini-submarine from Musk impractical, the SpaceX CEO called him a "pedo guy" on Twitter. 

Musk doubled down on the comments on Tuesday, tweeting, "You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me? He was offered free legal services."  

Unsworth's lawyer in an Aug. 6 letter to Musk threatened a possible lawsuit for "false and defamatory statements," Buzzfeed News reported.

"You published through three different tweets to your twenty-two million followers that Mr. Unsworth engages in the sexual exploitation of Thai children, and you did so at a time when he was working to save the lives of twelve Thai children,” lawyer L. Lin Wood wrote. “You did so without any basis. According to a subsequent Twitter post, you did so out of anger.”

Musk apologized for the earlier tweets and eventually took them down, but his Tuesday tweets are still up.

Unsworth told Sky News on Wednesday that he could not comment on Musk’s latest tweets, but added: “It’s all being dealt with, that’s all I can say.”