This controversy goes back to Musk's stunt of building a submarine to rescue boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. The boys were rescued by spelunker Vernon Unsworth who criticized Musk's effort a "publicity stunt".
In a series of Tweets, Musk labeled Unsworth a "pedo guy".
Musk later apologized and deleted the Tweets.
I thought this might all blow over, but no, Musk was dumb enough to resurface the issue.
On Tuesday, Musk made this Tweet:
I captured that as an image in case Musk deletes it.
Not only does Musk beg to be sued, he taunts @yoda at the same time.
Unsworth's Lawyer, Lin Wood, Chimes In
Check the date on that Email to Musk: August 6.
Lin Wood is a prominent defamation lawyer.
It's now nearly certain that Elon Musk will be hit with a lawsuit over his baseless claim that one of the British cave rescuers in Thailand is a pedophile.
> Atlanta-based attorney L. Lin Wood, a prominent defamation lawyer, told CNN Wednesday that he is in the process of "finalizing the libel complaint" and expects to file it "in the next several days" in a Los Angeles federal court.
> Wood is representing Vernon Unsworth, an experienced spelunker who helped save 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last month and who was the target of the unfounded claim by Musk that he's a "pedo."
> Musk kicked up controversy again Tuesday when he wrote on Twitter that he thought it was "strange" he had not yet been sued by Unsworth. He also badgered a Twitter user about why his claim about Unsworth had not been investigated.
> Unsworth became the source of Musk's ire last month after he criticized the billionaire CEO's attempts to help with the Thai cave rescue effort by building a miniature submarine. Unsworth called Musk's effort a "PR stunt" that had "absolutely no chance of working."
> Musk soon shot back against Unsworth on Twitter, making the unfounded claim that he was a "pedo" or pedophile. Musk then doubled down on the claim in other tweets before deleting them. There is no indication that Musk's allegation is true, and he provided no justification or proof to back up his claim.
> Wood, Unsworth's attorney, said via email that his firm is "representing Mr. Unsworth pursuant to a written engagement agreement and are not providing services pro bono."
> Musk is already facing at least five lawsuits and a Securities and Exchange Commission probe over his tweets about potentially taking his electric car company Tesla off the stock market. Musk said in a tweet last week that he was no longer pursuing a plan to privatize Tesla.
Another Hair-Raising Tweet
Even Musk supported have to be pulling their hair out by now.
I suspect this will be settled out of court for some monstrous sum, but perhaps not. Meanwhile, I wonder "when does the board get rid of this guy?"
Musk does not know how to run an auto company, or his mouth.
Disclosure: Short via a series of staggered PUTs.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock