Elon Musk’s bizarre and abusive behavior continues as the chief executive of Tesla has called cave diver Vernon Unsworth a “child rapist” and told Buzzfeed News reporter Ryan Mac they are a “fucking asshole.”
The incident started last Wednesday, when the publication sent a request asking Musk to comment on the potential of being sued by Unsworth following his renewed attacks on the diver who participated in the widely publicized rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave earlier this year. While this sounds like a fairly simple and straightforward request, it spawned an expletive filled e-mail and unsubstantiated allegations which will likely be used against him in an upcoming lawsuit.
In response to the request for comment, Musk said “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.” He went on to say Unsworth is an “old, single white guy” who has been living in Thailand for “30 to 40 years, mostly Pattaya Beach, until moving to Chiang Rai for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time.”
Musk went on to say “there’s only one reason people go to Pattaya Beach” and it isn’t for caves. He added that Chiang Rai is “renowned for child sex-trafficking” and then linked to a Google search containing the words Chiang Rai, child and trafficking.
The latest comments are a complete reversal from earlier this year when Musk apologized to Unsworth after calling him a “pedo” which is short for pedophile. At the time, Musk also apologized to his companies and said “The fault is mine and mine alone.”
As for the proposed lawsuit, Musk told Buzzfeed News “I hope he fucking sues me.”
It appears Musk will soon be getting his wish as Unsworth’s attorney, L. Lin Wood, told CNBC “Elon Musk’s ongoing campaign of publishing vile and false accusations against Mr. Unsworth is reprehensible” and he will be sued for his conduct. The lawsuit has been in the works for some time and CNBC says it could be filed as early as next week.