Elon Musk apparently doubled down on his claims that one of the Thai cave rescuers is a pedophile, in an email to BuzzFeed News.
Musk had previously apologized for calling the diver Vernon Unsworth a “pedo guy.” But in a series of emails published by BuzzFeed News, the Tesla CEO seemed to renew his attacks on Unsworth, labeling the rescuer a “child rapist” and suggesting that he moved to Thailand for a child bride.
The beef started back in July when the diver Vernon Unsworth claimed Musk’s involvement in the rescue was no more than a publicity stunt.
According to the report, the latest claim came after the site emailed Musk last week to ask for comment regarding the legal threat made by Unsworth’s lawyer in August.
Musk asked for the emails to be left off the record, however, BuzzFeed News published them in keeping with the journalistic practice that states both parties must agree before a statement is officially off the record.
Read the email below:
“I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what’s actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you fucking asshole. He’s an old, single white guy from England who’s been traveling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years, mostly Pattaya Beach, until moving to Chiang Rai for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time.
He may claim to know how to cave dive, but he wasn’t on the cave dive rescue team and most of the actual dive team refused to hang out with him. I wonder why…
As for this alleged threat of a lawsuit, which magically appeared when I raised the issue (nothing was sent or raised beforehand), I fucking hope he sues me.”
In the second email, Musk gave more details about his involvement in the rescue.
“Unsworth also said I was asked to leave by the Thai govt, which is utterly false. Thai Prime Minister thanked me personally per attached docs. I went all the way to area 3 with the Thai SEAL team, who were awesome. Never saw Unsworth at any point. Was told he was banned from the site.
It is also total bs that the mini-sub wouldn’t fit through the caves. It was designed and built to specifications provided to me directly by Stanton and the actual dive team. The only reason it wasn’t used was that they were able to drain almost all the water out of the caves, so the underwater portion was very short, and the monsoon arrived later than expected.
Those pumps were critical. Some of the Tesla team helped with electrical power, but major credit to whoever provided those pumps. They were amazing. I’m told they were from some company in India.”
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