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Lawyer: We're 'finalizing' a libel lawsuit against Elon Musk over 'pedo' tweet

Lawyer: We're 'finalizing' a libel lawsuit against Elon Musk over 'pedo' tweet

He also said in one tweet that Unsworth "was offered free legal services".

From a report by CNBC today, Musk had blasted Unsworth on Twitter after the diver "criticized his mini-submarine plan to help rescue the trapped team".

"You don't think it's odd he hasn't sued me?" he tweeted in response to a tweet suggesting Musk's "dedication to facts and truth would have been wonderful if applied to that time when you called someone a pedo". That's all he's told me. More specifically, you published through three different tweets to your twenty-two million followers that Mr. Unsworth engages in the sexual exploitation of Thai children, and you did so at a time when he was working to save the lives of twelve Thai children. However it led to tech writer Drew Olanoff pointing out that it seems convenient that Musk is only now committed to journalistic integrity, after lobbing baseless pedophile accusations at British rescue worker and cave diver Vern Unsworth.

"I am in the process of preparing a civil complaint for libel against you".

Musk started 17 days of drama when he tweeted on August 7 that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private, without sharing evidence that investor money was indeed lined up.

In a letter addressed to Musk obtained by Business Insider, Wood says Musk made "false and defamatory statements" suggesting that Unsworth was a paedophile.

Unsworth had criticised a mini-submarine that Musk had delivered for the rescue as impractical and said he could "stick [it] where it hurts".

Wood invited Musk or his legal representatives to contact him to avoid a lawsuit. It's unclear whether Musk missed the letter or ignored it.

Musk was responding to a Forbes article shared on Twitter and written by Amy Nelson, the founder and CEO of workspace company The Riveter. Still, his decision to keep Tesla public may mean the agency keeps a close eye on his public statements for the foreseeable future. (The implication here being Unsworth didn't lawyer up because he might have actually been the thing Musk unfoundedly proclaimed he was.) Except, it turns out, Unsworth's lawyer did get in touch with Musk.

Some of Musk's predictions have been way off. Musk said during a May 2016 earnings call that, during the second half of 2017, he expected Tesla would produce between 100,000 and 200,000 Model 3 sedans - the lower-priced vehicle that's pivotal to the company generating profit.