British cave diver mulls legal action over Musk's attack


A British caver who helped rescue 12 boys from a Thai cave said on Tuesday that he has been approached by British and American lawyers and will seek legal advice after Tesla CEO Elon Musk directed abuse at him on Twitter.

Three days after the rescue operation was complete, CNN posted an interview with a British spelunker who had helped locate the boys, Vernon Unsworth, who called Musk's submarine a "PR stunt". "Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus) at any point when we were in the caves", Musk tweeted.

In a series of tweets that Musk appears to have deleted while this article was being written, he claimed that he had been repeatedly asked by rescuers to build the sub.

The tech billionaire called out Vern Unsworth in a post on Twitter yesterday afternoon.

As such, he kindly invited Musk to stick the submarine "where it hurts".

"The caver told AFP he would make a decision when he flies back to the United Kingdom this week, but said the episode with Musk 'ain't finished, '" the news agency reported.

"I have a lot of support from people around the world astonished by his unfounded comments", he said.

Musk's spat with Unsworth started last week, after rescue teams rejected Musk's offer of a mini-submarine created by his rocket company SpaceX to help extract the youth soccer team and the coach from the labyrinth of partly flooded passages.

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He later doubled down on his comments, insisting to one critic that he'd bet "a signed dollar it was true", before deleting all the tweets about Unsworth.

Loup Ventures published an open letter to Musk on behalf of investors, saying the comments to Unsworth "crossed the line" and calling for an apology.

"I can't put words to what I feel about the guy but it's not finished", he said. He has nearly half as many as U.S. President Donald Trump, who likewise attacks his critics with relish on Twitter.

Unsworth told AFP on Monday he had not reviewed the tweets in full and had only heard about them. "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it", Musk concluded.

One of Tesla's largest investors said last week that Musk should lay off Twitter and focus on the "peace and execution" of the company's production goals.

Musk is known for his comebacks aimed at journalists and Wall Street analysts.

According to Fortune, the recent erratic behaviour of Musk has "rattled" investors, with Tesla shares sliding 2.8 percent during market hours on Monday and declining a further 1 percent in after-hours trading. "I should probably say nothing more often".

Mr Musk "is under a lot of pressure and we're seeing pressure fractures", Mr Kay said. But whatever. Musk has also been busy trying to undermine reports that he was one of the top 50 donors to a political action committee that aims to retain Republican control of the U.S. House after federal filings showed he donated $38,900.