Tesla slides after an eventful weekend for Elon Musk (TSLA)

Alicia Cross
July 17, 2018

But Musk took the brawl one step further, ranting to his 22 million Twitter followers on Sunday that Unsworth was a pedophile who "really did ask for it".

Diver Vernon Unsworth was instrumental in the rescue, and he said that Musk's attempt to build a small submarine for the rescue effort was a "PR stunt" that had no chance of working. Unsworth says he is mulling a lawsuit against Musk.

Musk posted the baseless accusation shortly after.

As for Musk's submarine? "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like", he said. In an interview last week, Musk said he was reforming from his belief that Twitter was a no-holds-barred battleground where "if you attack me, it is therefore OK for me to attack back". "It wouldn't have made the first 50 meters into the cave from the dive start point". Musk's critics have long said his bitter slugfests - with rivals, partners, analysts, journalists and employees, to name a few - have hamstrung Tesla on its vaunted mission to reshape the auto industry and change the world.

Asked if he would consider taking legal action, Mr Unsworth said: "Yes, it's not finished". "I'm certain they wish he would be a more cautious tweeter".

He said he had not seen Unsworth - whom he dismissed as "this British expat guy who lives in Thailand" - during his brief guided tour of the cave system and suggested that, therefore, Unsworth had not actually participated in the rescue operation.

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Musk also faced criticism over the weekend due to his newly disclosed political donations, which totaled $38,900, to a political action committee called "Protect the House," a group dedicated to maintaining conservative control of the US House of Representatives.

"The challenge is that he would have to find assets of Musk's outside of the America".

In response to one tweet, the American businessman wrote: "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true". He said Musk, whom he had never met, must have a "bruised ego".

Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, offered no evidence or justification for his claim that Unsworth is a pedophile.

Shares of the electric auto maker were down 3.5 percent in late-morning trading at $307.82 on news that Musk could face a libel suit over the episode.

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