LA court rejects Telsa chief’s plan to dismiss Vernon Unsworth’s defamation case
Elon Musk can have to be compelled to move to trial to defend himself for mocking a British diver and baselessly job him a pedophile.
The verbal boxing match unrolled last summer once the underwater rescue of youth soccer players at bay in an exceedingly Kingdom of Thailand cave.
A judicature choose in la set a twenty two Gregorian calendar month trial date on weekday in an exceedingly filing that rejected the Tesla chief’s plan to dismiss a defamation case filed by the British diver Vernon Unsworth.
Musk known as Unsworth a “pedo” in an exceedingly fifteen July post on his Twitter account once the diver, in Associate in Nursing interview with CNN, fired the school multibillionaire’s tries to assist rescue the soccer players as a “PR stunt”. Unsworth additionally derided the submarine that Musk had designed for a rescue mission. The comments prompted Musk to assail at Unsworth via his Twitter account, that at the time had twenty two.5 million followers.
Musk contended his insult was shielded from proceeding, however the choose overseeing the case disagreed.
Unsworth is seeking quite $75,000 in damages from Musk. The suit additionally seeks a writ prohibiting Musk from creating any longer derogatory comments.
This is the second time in but a year that Musk’s free-wheeling comments on Twitter have saddled him with legal headaches.
Last year, Musk and Tesla reached a $40m settlement of allegations that he misled investors with a tweet declaring he had secured funding for a acquisition of the electrical auto manufacturer. He then had to travel to court in Gregorian calendar month to defend himself against assertions that his tweets had desecrated Associate in Nursing agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.