A court ruled that billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk did not defame a British cave rescuer by calling him “pedo guy” in a series of tweets during a disagreement about how to rescue 12 soccer players and their coach from a Thailand cave in 2018.
Musk and Vern Unsworth argued over Twitter after Unsworth called Musk’s suggestion to use a miniature submarine to rescue the trapped boys and coach a “PR stunt” and said he could “stick his submarine where it hurts.”
During the case, Musk said his namecalling was his “opinion at the time” and that he was sticking to it. His lawyers argued that the comments were just insults and not a factual statement about Unsworth.
Musk’s lawyers said Unsworth failed to prove that he was harmed by Musk’s comments.
Unsworth was seeking a total of $190 million from Musk, which would have been less than one percent of Musk’s estimated $2o billion net worth.
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