Elon Musk Calls Thailand Diver 'Child Rapist' in New Attack

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In a recent rant to a BuzzFeed news journalist that Musk considered off the record, Musk once again claimed that Unsworth was a pedophile and that he had married a 12-year-old bride in Thailand.

A British diver who helped in the rescue of the trapped boys from a Thai cave is to sue Elon Musk for branding him a child rapist. Musk initially apologized for his accusations but resurfaced them recently when he questioned Unsworth's innocence, asking why the cave rescuer wasn't suing Musk if he had in fact been defamed - Unsworth has taken legal action, Musk was just not aware of this at the time.

In correspondence with BuzzFeed, Musk reportedly wrote "stop defending child rapists", before calling diver Vernon Unsworth "an old, single white guy from England who's been travelling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years, mostly Pattaya Beach, until moving to Chiang Rai for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time". He also called me a "fucking asshole", Ryan Mac, a reporter at the Buzzfeed, said in a tweet.

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Buzzfeed News tracked down Unsworth's girlfriend of seven years, a 40-year-old Thai woman named Woranan Ratrawiphukkun who has several years worth of photos with Unsworth on her Facebook page.

"It isn't where you'd go for caves, but it is where you'd go for something else", Mr Musk wrote. But it is unclear why Musk has repeatedly and publicly attacked Usworth, 63, since then - or where the apparently baseless pedophilia allegations came from.

But he incurred Mr Musk's wrath when he said a mini-submarine proposed by the tycoon to help in the rescue had "absolutely no chance of working", describing the offer as a publicity stunt. "Chiang Rai is renowned for child sex trafficking". Richard Stanton, who Musk previously highlighted as another helper that urged him to continue developing the submarine, told the publication that Unsworth was "pivotal to the entire operation" and never removed from the site.

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Mr Musk provided no evidence for his initial jibe and later deleted the posts and apologised.

Musk said he and Tesla's board agreed Thursday to back off the buyout idea, and admitted that both retail and institutional shareholders expressed misgivings about the electric vehicle company going private. The stock value of Tesla, Musk's electric automaker, dove amid the public spat and the embattled CEO admitted in a recent interview with the New York Times that he had endured an "excruciating" year. On Tuesday, Tesla traded down 1.8 percent.

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