By George Stephens • 07 December 2019 • 3:55
Elon Musk has been found not liable in a defamation case involving British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth.
Vernon Unsworth sued the Tesla co-founder after he called him “pedo guy” and “sus” on Twitter in a argument following the July 2018 Thai cave rescue.
The court in California heard Mr Unsworth was left feeling “humiliated, ashamed, dirtied” by the tweet from the billionaire.
Lawyers on behalf of Mr Musk argued it was no more than a playground insult and did not represent an allegation of paedophilia.
The American jury agreed with Mr Musk.
Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, Mr Musk said: “My faith in humanity is restored.”
Vernon was the hero cave rescuer who led the rescue of a Thai boy’s football team stuck under water in a cave in 2018. He’s now expected to take a Christmas break on the Costa del Sol in Spain whilst considering an appeal as well as possible action in a UK court if he can.
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