Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been sued for libel and slander by the rescue diver he called a "pedo guy" and "child rapist," according to the lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court in California.
British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth filed a lawsuit against Musk on Monday in a U.S. District Court in California for defamation. Unsworth is seeking at least $75,000 in compensatory damages, as well as an injunction against Musk requiring him to "refrain from making further publication of the False and Defamatory Accusations," according to court documents.
"Elon Musk falsely accused Vern Unsworth of being guilty of heinous crimes," L. Lin Wood, an attorney representing Vernon Unsworth, said in a statement. "Musk's influence and wealth cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court of law."