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Musk renews pedophilia claims in opposition to diver in Thai cave rescue

Elon Musk is outwardly renewing his claims British diver who assisted within the rescue of a youth soccer staff from a Thai cave earlier this yr is a baby molester.

In a July tweetstorm, the Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO labeled Vernon Unsworth, a diver who helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave, a “pedo man,” after Unsworth criticized a submarine rescue plan the billionaire had proposed. The tweet has since been deleted and Musk apologized for the remark.

Musk doubled down on the accusation in an electronic mail despatched final week to BuzzFeed Information, calling Unsworth a “youngster rapist” who had moved to Thailand to take a baby bride.

“I recommend that you simply name folks in Thailand, discover out what’s really happening and cease defending youngster rapists, you f**king a**gap,” Musk wrote in an electronic mail that BuzzFeed printed Tuesday. “He is an outdated, single white man from England who’s been touring to or residing in Thailand for 30 to 40 years, largely Pattaya Seaside, till shifting to Chiang Rai for a kid bride who was about 12 years outdated on the time.”

Musk has supplied no proof to assist his claims, and Unsworth lawyer L. Lin Wooden denied the most recent accusation in a press release to BuzzFeed Information.

“Elon Musk can tweet his vindictive and harsh lie about Mr. Unsworth 100 instances and it’ll nonetheless be a lie,” Wooden wrote in a press release. “After deleting the preliminary accusation and tweeting an apology, Mr Musk has continued to republish his false and unsupportable accusation. His conduct demonstrates that his recklessness is intentional and designed to hurt Mr. Unsworth.”

Musk’s feud with Unsworth apparently started when Unsworth known as Musk’s involvement within the rescue effort a “PR stunt,” telling CNN his submarine would not have made it 50 meters into the cave and saying Musk may “stick his submarine the place it hurts.”

BuzzFeed additionally interviewed Woranan Ratrawiphukkun, Unsworth’s 40-year-old girlfriend, who mentioned they’ve been courting for seven years however declined to reply questions on their relationship.

Unsworth mentioned in July he was contemplating authorized motion in opposition to Musk. Musk representatives did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

This text initially appeared on CNET.

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