Elon Musk Arrives at Court For ‘Pedo Guy’ Tweet Defamation Trial

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk arrived at a Los Angeles courthouse for a defamation trial over his description of a British diver, who aided the rescue of a group of boys stranded in a flooded Thailand cave, as a “pedo guy,” Tuesday, December 3.

Tesla shares stumbled Monday as chief executive Elon Musk faced criticism over a public spat with a British diver who worked on the Thai soccer team rescue.

Musk attacked British diver Vern Unsworth, who had dismissed the Tesla chief’s efforts to help the rescue mission for the 12 boys as a “PR stunt” in a widely seen interview on CNN.

Musk, without providing any justification or explanation, referred to Unsworth as “pedo guy” in a since-deleted tweet on Sunday. “Pedo” is short for pedophile.

Unsworth, who lives part of the year in Thailand, took part in the gargantuan 18-day effort to retrieve the 12 boys and their coach, a mission that ended on July 10 when the last five members were extracted.