Tesla boss Elon Musk is scheduled to take the stand at a Los Angeles courtroom and confront.
Mr. Musk, at a now-deleted tweet, clarified Mr. Unsworth as a”pedo man”.
No proof was given by the entrepreneur. He’s being sued for defamation.
Lawyers representing Mr. Unsworth have clarified Mr. Musk’s tweets as”vile and untrue”. Compensatory and punitive damages are being sought by the diver.
The outburst past year seemed to be in reaction to remarks made by Mr. Unsworth in an interview on CNN, where he criticized the choice to deliver an in Chiang Rai Province into the Tham Luang cave to assist with rescue attempts of Mr. Musk.
Mr. Unsworth explained it as a”PR stunt”, after adding that Mr. Musk would”stick his submarine where it hurts”.
Taking to Twitter,” Mr. Musk explained: “Sorry pedo man, you did ask for this ”
That tweet was deleted.
Mr. Musk delivered a tweet expressing an apology after Tesla’s stock price dipped by up to 4 percent.
“His activities against me don’t warrant my actions contrary to him,” he wrote, explaining that his remarks were”spoken in anger following Mr. Unsworth said a few untruths and indicated I participate in a sexual activity with the mini-sub, which was assembled as an act of kindness and based on specifications in the dip group leader”.
The share price of tesla recovered.
But, after being contacted by Buzzfeed reporter Ryan Mac Mr. Musk went on to repeat the promise in exchange.
Before emailing his answer he had intended that the remarks to be off the album but didn’t concur that.
Damages are being sought by Mr. Unsworth to the material of this tweets not the – although Los Angeles District Judge Stephen Wilson said that it might be employed when sending the tweets to exemplify the state of mind of Mr. Musk.
The legal group of Mr. Musk insisted that he wouldn’t be looking for an out-of-court settlement. Rather, he’ll assert that”pedo man” wasn’t an insult indicating Mr. Unsworth was a pedophile.
“It’s interchangeable with creepy older guy’ and can be used to insult an individual’s appearance and demeanor, not accuse an individual of pedophilia.”
Mr. Unsworth’s legal group called this excuse as”offensive to the fact”.
Jury selection is supposed to start on Tuesday at 09:30 local time (17:30 GMT), together with the initial witnesses – Mr. Musk one of them likely to be called later on Tuesday.