Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not imagine his use of the term “pedo guy” was a precise charge of pedophilia. Musk lawyers in a court filing today opposed that the huge, which Musk pointed at a British diver last year has made the South African billionaire the goal of a defamation lawsuit, is a common insult from his childhood.
Musk mentioned in a court filing Monday, by referring to Mr. Unsworth as ‘pedo guy,’ he didn’t intend to convey any facts or imply that Mr. Unsworth had engaged in acts of pedophilia, Pedo guy was a typical insult used in South Africa when he was growing up. It’s synonymous with ‘creepy old man’ and is used to insult a person’s look and demeanor, not accuse a person of pedophilia. Musk followed up his unique post with one other post on social media that read, bet he a signed dollar it is true.
Shortly after he sent his post, Musk paid a private investigator $50,000 to analyze the British diver in interrogative, Vernon Unsworth. The investigator claimed to discover a series of salacious details about the life of Unsworth’s, also telling Musk that person was a regular at the region of Pattaya a part in Thailand recognized for sex trafficking and married his wife at the teenage. Unsworth’s wife has since disputed the claims, stating that the couple has been married for seven years.
Musk’s lawyers are arguing that there is no evidence to prove that he genuinely believed Unsworth to be a pedophile. There isn’t a proof that Mr. Musk intended or believed that his July 15 post, that Mr. Unsworth was ‘sus’ or ‘pedo guy,’ can be interpreted as fact, the filing mentioned. To the contrary, the proof is that Mr. Musk believed and intended his statements to be read like what they were bare offenses.
The objection was filed in the US District Court of the Central District of California. The first hearing will be on October 28, and the trial will occur on December 2; both in Los Angeles. Musk last year asked the judge to throw out the lawsuit, naming it a “schoolyard spat.”