Elon Musk testifies he wasn’t calling the individual he accused of marrying a preteen a pedophile
“I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what’s actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you fucking asshole.” Elon Musk in an e mail to Buzzfeed dated 30 August, 2018.
In one other signal of simply how ridiculous the US justice system has change into, Elon Musk‘s attorneys are at this time defending the billionaire in a US District Court docket over a defamation go well with by claiming the individual he known as a “child rapist” and accused of marrying a 12-year-old lady in Thailand is incorrect to deduce that the time period “pedo guy” is supposed to suggest he’s a pedophile.
A cave diver named Vernon Unsworth was engaged in aiding a youth soccer group that’d gotten caught in a collapse Thailand final summer season when Musk heard concerning the scenario and determined to insert himself into it. In Musk’s protection, he felt like he may be capable to assist and mentioned his “conscience” drove him to try. Unsworth questioned whether or not Musk’s assist was wanted – Musk doesn’t have any expertise with the risks of cave diving, Unsworth is an skilled – this prompted the now-deleted tweet within the screenshot above.
Unsworth has since sued Musk for defamation, claiming damages over the billionaire superstar’s alleged insinuation that he sexually abuses kids.
In response to a report from Slate:
U.S. District Choose Stephen Wilson instructed the court docket that the case would hinge on whether or not an affordable individual would learn Musk’s tweets as accusing Unsworth of pedophilia. Alex Spiro, Musk’s lawyer, asserted in his opening assertion that the time period “pedo guy” is actually a nebulous insult that was widespread throughout Musk’s youth in South Africa and doesn’t actually confer with pedophilia. Throughout his personal testimony on Tuesday, Musk mentioned, “ ‘Pedo guy’ is utilized in different international locations additionally. It’s fairly frequent within the English-speaking world. I’m fairly assured in the event you do a search, it can simply say ‘creepy old dude.’
Musk apologized a few days after sending the “pedo guy” tweet:
Nonetheless, his actions towards me don’t justify my actions towards him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the businesses I signify as chief. The fault is mine and mine alone.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 18, 2018
However then, in what can solely be described as a Muskian twist, Elon despatched a series of ranting emails to Buzzfeed in August of 2018 explicitly calling Unsworth a “child rapist” who’d taken a preteen bride.
Now it seems we’re presupposed to consider that Elon Musk, using a random slur from his youth, known as somebody a “pedo guy” after which paid a non-public investigator to try to show that individual was actually a pedophile, then known as this individual a “child rapist” in e mail exchanges with a world information outlet, however as a result of he didn’t really use the phrase “pedophile,” the goal of such accusations has not been defamed.
Positive, okay. Right here’s some reside footage of Musk’s protection group:
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