Elon Musk goes on trial in U.S. for defamation over ‘pedo guy’ tweet

FILE – In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif. Musk is going on trial for his troublesome tweets in a case pitting the billionaire against a British diver he allegedly dubbed a pedophile. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
INTERNATIONAL – Elon Musk is known for his eccentric, sometimes controversial use of Twitter. Now, Tesla Inc’s chief executive may have to pay for using Twitter to brand someone a pedophile.
Musk is expected on Tuesday to go on trial for allegedly defaming Vernon Unsworth, a British cave explorer who gained international renown for playing a lead role in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand in July 2018.
Unsworth says Musk falsely labeled him a “pedo guy” on Twitter and should pay punitive and other damages for harming his reputation.

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