Elon Musk Is Now Calling a Cave Rescuer a 'Child Rapist'

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Musk asked for the emails to be left off the record, however, BuzzFeed News published them in keeping with the journalistic practice that states both parties must agree before a statement is officially off the record. Unsworth had then said he was considering legal action against Musk.

Musk called Unsworth a "single white guy from England who's been travelling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years", alleging that he had moved to Chiang Rai "for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time". "The news about him being married to a 12-year-old child is laughable".

"My words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader", Musk wrote in a reply to another Twitter user.

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CEO Elon Musk continues to dent the profile of the otherwise sleek automaker with his unfiltered, non-PC prattling.

Musk's obsession with 63-year-old Vernon Unsworth began in July after the last member of the soccer team had finally been plucked from the cave, ending a almost three-week ordeal that captivated the world. "There's only one reason people go to Pattaya Beach". Musk had accused Vernon Unsworth of pedophilia after Unsworth rejected a Tesla-made submarine to aid in the rescue efforts.

"It isn't where you'd go for caves, but it is where you'd go for something else", Mr Musk wrote.

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Mr Musk provided no evidence for his initial jibe and later deleted the posts and apologised. Chiang Rai is renowned for child sex-trafficking'. He knew about the raised ledge known as Pattaya Beach where the boys and their football coach could have sought shelter and called in the two expert British divers who eventually found the trapped children.

Musk also claimed he had not yet been sued by Unsworth and added: 'As for this alleged threat of a lawsuit, which magically appeared when I raised the issue (nothing was sent or raised beforehand), I fucking hope he sues me'. His conduct demonstrates that his recklessness is intentional and created to harm Mr Unsworth'. It's also a true liability for the company, whose shares dropped 5 percent on Tuesday before this latest report came out in the afternoon.

Musk said he and Tesla's board agreed Thursday to back off the buyout idea, and admitted that both retail and institutional shareholders expressed misgivings about the electric vehicle company going private.

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