Enigmatic businessman and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk faced massive setbacks in September after calling British cave researcher Vernon Unsworth a "pedo guy" on his Twitter account, which currently has 26.4 million followers. The social medicine blast earned Musk a lawsuit filed by Unsworth's lawyers – after Musk was allegedly quoted and said, "I hope he sues me" – and even though the notorious corporate management asked for the case to be rejected, date is now set at 22 October.
Recent court cases originally informed the news with several reports that confirmed it on Friday.
Musk's request to disregard the libel was ultimately denied, probably partly because of an email he allegedly sent to Buzzfeed who repeated his statements about Unsworth, allegedly called him a "shave." Additional Musk Email to Buzzfeed reportedly involved the business magnate who told Unsworth who was instrumental in fetching a Thai youth football club that nearly drowned in a cave ̵[ads1]1; had moved to Southeast Asia to take 12 years of music claimed that these statements were not based in fact and were instead a prod on Unsworth, but when they were referred by district judge Stephen V. Wilson, his claims said "implied claims of objective fact."
The Verge Judge Wilson wrote that Musk "did not call [Unsworth] a" pedo guy "and leave it there. Rather, he made follow-up statements showing that he believed his statements were true." Further, Wilson wrote, "[Musk] claimed to convey factual facts and even suggested that the BuzzFeed reporter called people in Thailand to confirm his story."
Although the decision to proceed with the trial does not lawfully condemn Musk as guilty of these actions, it means that the court system believes it should be a case worthy of hearing.
Twitter use has left Musk in hot water before, especially when he became involved in the US Securities and Exchange Commission for posts that some believed were an attempt to artificially build Tesla shares. This also resulted in the South African-born celebrity coming to court several times, with the latest deal being struck between Musk and SEC on April 26.