San Francisco / Tesla co-founder Elon Musk will go to trial in the United States for calling pedophile repeatedly to a speleologist who participated in the rescue of 12 children trapped in a cave in Thailand, said today the court of the Central District of California .
A judge of that court accepted the defamation suit filed by the speleologist, the British Vernon Unsworth, and set the start of the judicial process for October 22.
In December, Musk had asked the magistrate to reject the complaint when considering that he made the insults “in the middle of a schoolyard discussion on social networks” and that participants in it “expected to read opinions, not facts” tested.
Two months earlier, in September, Unsworth sued for defamation against the co-founder of luxury carmaker Tesla and demanded $ 75,000 as compensation, after he called him a pedophile on Twitter.
“These comments were only imaginative attacks and, although they may be offensive, the opinion-based nature of this type of speculative insults is protected by the first amendment to the US Constitution (which establishes freedom of expression)”, lawyers of Musk argued.
Rescue of 12 children in Thailand
The dispute between Unsworth and Musk goes back to the beginning of July, when the former participated in the rescue of Thai children and, after a visit to the cave, the second one offered a mini-submarine of his creation to help in the efforts.
In an interview with CNN television, Unsworth called Musk’s offer to be “a mere public relations exercise,” which could not work “in any way,” and told him to get into the submarine “wherever he could fit.”
The billionaire replied angrily on Twitter and in emails sent to the media, in which he accused (without presenting evidence) to Unsworth of being a pedophile and of not having participated in the rescue tasks.
On June 23, twelve Thai children between the ages of 11 and 16, and their guardian, aged 26, entered a cave after soccer training when a sudden storm flooded the way out.
The group was trapped and was rescued after deploying a large rescue operation, in which a 38-year-old diver died. (May 10, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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