Jury sides with Elon Musk in “pedo guy” defamation case
A Los Angeles federal jury has found Elon Musk not liable for defamation in a lawsuit brought by British caver Vernon Unsworth. Musk dubbed Unsworth a “pedo guy” in a tweet last year, but argued in court that he meant this as a generic insult—not as an accusation that Unsworth was a pedophile.
Musk and Unsworth have been trading insults since last July, when Unsworth mocked a miniature submarine SpaceX engineers created to help rescue a dozen boys trapped in a cave in Thailand (it didn’t arrive in time to be useful). In an interview with CNN, Unsworth said that Musk should “stick his submarine where it hurts.”
Musk responded with a tweet labeling Unsworth a “pedo guy” and vowing to prove that the submarine would have been able to squeeze through the narrowest passages in the cave.
A month later, Musk continued to needle Unsworth. “You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me?” he tweeted in August 2018.