Elon Musk invokes ‘another Epstein’ defense, redefines ‘pedo guy’ as innocent insult in legal battle

Tesla tycoon Elon Musk was frightened British cave rescuer Vern Unsworth is perhaps “another Jeffrey Epstein,” he stated in a sworn deposition – however his preliminary tweets calling the diver a “pedo guy” had been simply innocent web insults.

Musk solely referred to as Unsworth a “pedo man” as a generic insult, “synonymous with ‘creepy old man’ and geared toward mocking an individual’s look and demeanor,” he acknowledged in a deposition launched on Monday. He “didn’t intend to convey any information or suggest that Mr. Unsworth had engaged in acts of pedophilia” however was as an alternative lashing out in response to Unsworth calling Musk’s makes an attempt to assist with the rescue of the boys’ soccer group trapped in a cave in Thailand a “PR stunt” and telling him to “stick his submarine the place it hurts.

After hiring a personal investigator to look into Unsworth’s background, nonetheless, Musk began to have second ideas about this entire “pedo” factor. His PI claimed that “there was proof” Unsworth met his Thai spouse when she was simply 11 or 12 years outdated, and that he continuously traveled to Pattaya Beach for intercourse tourism. This, he claimed, was his motivation in calling the cave diver a “little one rapist” in an electronic mail to Buzzfeed.

What if this can be a actual state of affairs?” Musk requested. “What if what we’ve right here is one other Jeffrey Epstein…I’m informed this data. I don’t know if it’s true.”

But what if we’ve one other Jeffrey Epstein on our arms? And what if he makes use of no matter movie star he features from this cave rescue to defend his dangerous deeds? This can be horrible.

Musk’s retelling of his facet of the cave rescue saga is a part of an effort to get the $75,000 defamation lawsuit filed towards him by Unsworth dismissed. The case is because of go to trial in December. Unsworth denies any of the claims made towards him by the PI, together with ever having been to Pattaya, not to mention assembly a legendary little one bride there – and Musk now claims he believes the PI was “simply taking us for a trip.” It’s slightly too late for 20/20 hindsight – however that gained’t cease Musk from making an attempt, as the deposition confirmed.

Mr. Unsworth can not set up a defamation case simply because Mr. Musk insulted him on Twitter and despatched a personal electronic mail to a reporter,” Musk’s attorneys state in the doc. “The Constitution doesn’t permit that.” Unsworth, the legal professionals level out, is a limited-purpose public determine who willingly inserted himself into the controversy by insulting Musk on tv.