Thailand cave rescuer considers legal action against Elon Musk for 'pedo' comment

After Elon Musk branded one of the British divers who saved 12 boys a 'pedo', the man has said he is considering legal action

In a weird series of tweets on Sunday, Musk said he would produce a video proving his submarine would have been able to reach the children and in a comment directed at Unsworth, added: "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it".

Unsworth went on to say that Musk's offer to help the mission was simply a "PR stunt" and that he could "stick his submarine where it hurts".

Musk has yet to issue an apology to Unsworth, and Tesla has not made a statement on the incident.

Musk posted the baseless accusation shortly after.

He had said in an earlier interview with CNN that Musk's miniature escape pod "had absolutely no chance of working". "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like".

"I believe he's called me a pedophile".

Tesla's stock price was down more than 2 percent Monday in premarket trading on the news that Unsworth reportedly is mulling legal action against Musk, suggesting that investors may be growing restless with his shenanigans. Unsworth's comment prompted Musk to then fire back on Twitter. "I think people realize what sort of guy [Musk] is".

He had not had contact with Musk throughout the rescue operation nor since - a situation he hopes will not change. At the time, Unsworth hadn't yet read Musk's tweets but had been told about them.

Musk's tweets have since been deleted.

Several British elite divers flew to the region to help with the rescue at the request of Thai authorities.

Unsworth told AFP on Monday he had not reviewed the tweets in full and had only heard about them.

Musk also faced criticism over the weekend due to his newly disclosed political donations, which totaled $38,900, to a political action committee called "Protect the House," a group dedicated to maintaining conservative control of the US House of Representatives.

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. "I don't know the guy, never met the guy, and don't want to meet the guy", he said.

Musk could find himself in hot water over his remarks.

. He's used the social network to promote his companies, spar with short sellers who are betting against Tesla shares and needle journalists who question the businesses' prospects.

Engineers from SpaceX, Musk's rocket company, has been training members of the Thai Navy to use the mini-submarine.

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