In a nutshell: The jury has dominated that Elon Musk shouldn’t be accountable for damages after calling Vernon Unsworth, a cave diver concerned within the rescue of a soccer group in Thailand, a “pedo guy.” Musk’s protection was that his rapidly deleted tweet was solely meant to insult Unsworth, quite than harm his status.
Walking out of courtroom, Musk told reporters, “my faith in humanity is restored.”
In July 2018, when twelve boys and their coach had been trapped in a flooded cave system, Unsworth was planning a rescue try with Thai divers whereas Elon Musk started developing a miniature submarine designed for extraction. Fortunately, the divers had been capable of rescue the boys and Musk’s plan B wasn’t required.
A couple of days later, nonetheless, in an interview with CNN Unsworth stated the sub “had absolutely no chance of working” as a result of Musk “had no concept of what the cave passage was like.” He claimed it was solely a publicity stunt and informed Musk to “stick his sub where it hurt.”
Musk bit back on Twitter saying “we will make [a video] of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problem. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
And a month later, Musk tweeted “you don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me?” …and Unsworth initiated the proceedings to sue him. (Who was asking for it then, huh?) Unsworth’s lawyer requested for $5 million in damages, $35 million in assumed damages and $150 million in punitive damages, a “hard slap on the wrist” for billionaire Elon Musk.
Unsworth claimed Musk’s statements had ruined his status and precipitated him “shame, mortification, worry, and distress.” Musk argued that the tweets had been “obviously a very off the cuff response” and by deleting them and apologizing for them, he had made it clear he was not making an accusation against Unsworth, who he by no means really talked about by identify.
“I knew he didn’t mean to sodomize me with a submarine, just as I didn’t literally mean he was a pedophile.”