Elon Musk makes unfounded accusation against Thai cave rescuer

Jeannie Matthews
July 17, 2018

The unhinged Twitter tirade came after Unsworth said the miniature submarine that the entrepreneur offered up for use in the rescue mission had "absolutely no chance of working".

He can "stick his submarine where it hurts", Unsworth said during the interview in Thailand.

If you're already acquainted with Musk and his freakish entanglement with the Thai cave story, you may skip to the end of this report for a fuller accounting of his baseless pedophilia accusations. Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great.

"He had no conception of what the cave passage was like", Unsworth said in the interview.

"I believe he's called me a pedophile", he said.

The caver said he would make a decision when he flies back to the United Kingdom this week, but added that the episode with Musk "ain't finished".

Unsworth said he was considering taking legal action against Musk, but the fallout could be wider and more significant. Musk struck back on Twitter, suggesting that Unsworth, a British national living in a country infamous for sex tourism, is a pedophile. "But I think people realise what sort of guy he is".

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Representatives of T. Rowe Price, Fidelity Investments and Baillie Gifford - Tesla's three largest shareholders, behind Musk himself - also declined to comment. "You had a very big shareholder last week say they want him to focus on executing and stop with the tweets - and then, this weekend, you get more tweets".

First Elon Musk was a hero for providing help to the Thai football team who were trapped miles into a cave for two weeks.

Musk even doubled down on his "pedo" claim when challenged on Twitter, saying "bet ya a signed dollar it's true".

Musk's tweets have since been deleted.

Unsworth told journalists at the cave site, where a cleanup operation is under way, the remarks about him were an attack on the entire rescue crew.

A lawyer who spoke to The Guardian called it "a cast-iron case of libel". He said Musk, whom he had never met, must have a "bruised ego". Ten engineers from Space X, Tesla, and the Boring Company showed up to Thailand in an attempt to assist the rescue mission.

Musk later deleted the tweets and did not immediately respond to a request for comment through Tesla.

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