WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A British cave diver who was involved in the rescue of the Thai soccer team trapped in a flooded cave says he is considering legal action against Elon Musk.
- The Tesla CEO called Vernon Unsworth a “pedo” on Twitter after the diver described Musk’s mini-submarine“a PR stunt.”
- The billionaire initially doubled down on the comments made on social media, but has since deleted them, the Guardian reported.
Vernon Unsworth, 63, the British diver who was a part of the Thai soccer team rescue mission, told the Guardian on Monday he was “astonished and very angry” at Elon Musk’s attack.
“I believe he’s called me a pedophile,” Unsworth said. “I think people realize what sort of guy [Musk] is.”
When the diver was asked if he would consider taking legal action against the inventor, he replied: “Yes, it’s not finished.”
On Sunday, Unsworth said that the mini-submarine Musk sent to Thailand last week “had absolutely no chance of working”.
“He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. The submarine, I believe, was about 5ft 6in long, rigid, so it wouldn’t have gone round corners or round any obstacles,” Unsworth told reporters.
The British diver previously accused the CEO that his offer to help the rescue effort was just a “PR stunt”, and even told CNN that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts”.
This is what Musk’s already deleted tweet says: “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 problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
When a Twitter user called out Musk for calling Unsworth a pedo, the SpaceX founder replied: “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”
That response has also been deleted.
Unsworth said, “I have a lot of support from people around the world astonished by his unfounded comments.”
He also said he had saved copies of Musk’s tweets.
The billionaire had already attracted criticism previously for his “involvement” to the Thai rescue operations. When Narongsak Osatanakorn, head of the joint command center, said that Musk’s kid-sized submarine was hi-tech but not practical for the operation. Musk attacked Osatanakorn by saying that he was “not the subject matter expert”.
After his libelous insult on Unsworth, Elon Musk was highly criticized on Twitter.
Source: The Guardian