Elon Musk's request to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by a clover was rejected by a Los Angeles judge today, Bloomberg reported. The defamation suit centers on tweets in which Musk called the caveman, Vernon Unsworth, a "pedo guy." Musk also emailed BuzzFeed journalist Ryan Mac, who is now part of the case.
A jury will determine whether these tweets and emails count as recklessly negligent, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled.
The debacle began during a Thai rescue operation when a group of boys were trapped in a cave. Musk, along with some of his engineers, built a mini submarine that they sent to Thailand. Unsworth dismissed the mini-sub in a CNN interview as a "PR stunt," saying that Musk could "stick his submarine where it hurts." In response, Musk tweeted several things, culminating with a now-deleted, "Sorry pedo guy, you really asked for it." Musk apologized . A month later, he called Unsworth a "child rape" email to Mac.
"I damn hope he sues me," Musk wrote in an email to Mac Unsworth did.
Apparently after his original tweets were hired, Musk hired a private investigator to to dig into Unsworth & # 39; s past, according to court documents filed earlier this month, but the private investigator was a convicted felon, in an email to Mac, Musk said Unsworth had married a 12-year-old in Thailand, according to Unsworth, not even the private investigator said to Musk, Unsworth says he met his wife in London – and she was 32 at the time.