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Elon Musk acquitted in defamation case about pedo-message

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has won the libel case against him about a Twitter message. The eight-man jury of the Los Angeles court acquitted him.

“My faith in humanity has been restored”

The case was brought by British diver Vernon Unsworth who played an important role in rescuing a group of children from a cave in Thailand. Earlier this year, the car boss called Unsworth pedophile. During the four-day trial, Musk said he did not mean that literally. The Brit demanded compensation of $ 190 million from the Tesla CEO.

During the rescue operation of the group of children in 2018, Musk had offered a small dive boat to help. Unsworth called that to CNN a “PR stunt” and said that Musk “could stab his submarine where it hurts”. Two days later Musk lashed out at Unsworth. He called him a “pedo guy”.

Musk embraced his lawyer after hearing the ruling. “My faith in humanity has been restored,” he said to journalists afterwards. Unsworth reacted disappointed. “I accept the jury’s verdict, take the blow, and continue my life.”

Musk has a history of problems through statements he made on Twitter. He once wrote that he wanted to get Tesla off the stock exchange and that he had the financing for it. That turned out not to be the case and he was tapped by the American stock market regulator SEC. He was then no longer allowed to post business-sensitive information on Twitter without permission from the Tesla legal team.

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