India September 17(IM): Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to controversies. Last year he sparked a row by calling Vern Unsworth, the British diver who helped save the lives of the 12 Thai boys who were stuck inside a cave, a 'pedo guy' on Twitter. The matter did not go well with Unsworth who later filed a defamation case against the Tesla boss. Now, responding to the matter Elon has said that his 'pedo guy' comment wasn't intended as an accusation suggesting that the British diver was a pedophile.
Musk in documents submitted to the court said that his comment was intended as an insult suggesting that he believed that Unsworth was a 'creepy old man'. "In my third tweet, I wrote "You know what, don't bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problem. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it." See Exhibit H," Musk said in the documents submitted to the the US District Court of the Central District of California.
"By referring to Mr. Unsworth as "pedo guy," I did not intend to convey any facts or imply that Mr. Unsworth had engaged in acts of pedophilia. "Pedo guy" was a common insult used in South Africa when I was growing up. It is synonymous with "creepy old man" and is used to insult a person's appearance and demeanor, not accuse a person of acts of pedophilia," he added in the court documents.
The Boring Company founder also said that shortly after he saw the CNN video wherein the British diver called Musk's efforts to rescue the Thai boys 'a PR stunt', he google Unworth. And upon his research he found out that he lived in Chiang Rai province of Thailand, which was a 'hot spot for child prostitution and sex trafficking'.
"By referring to Mr. Unsworth as "sus," I did not intend to convey any facts. I was simply expressing my opinion that Mr. Unsworth seemed suspicious and that he appeared to be a weird guy," Musk added in the court filing.
The first hearing of case will take place on October 28 and the trial will take place on December 2 in Los Angeles.