4 (XINHUA) — TESLA CEO ELON MUSK TESTIFIED TUESDAY AT A TRIAL IN LOS ANGELES IN WHICH HE WAS ACCUSED OF DEFAMING VERNON UNSWORTH, A BRITISH DIVER WHO HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN THE RESCUE OF THAILAND’S YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAM, AS A “PAEDOPHILE.”
Musk, dressed in a dark suit, appeared in court, with his arms crossed tightly and occasionally drinking water.
In his opening remarks, Musk’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, said the allegations about insults were “not statements of fact,” according to reporters who attended the hearing. Musk’s tweet, he said, was not a “criminal charge” against Unsworth, but a “mockery of men joking during an argument.” “
Onsworth’s lawyer, L. Wood, Lin Wood asked Musk how much influence he thought he had. Musk replied: “I’m not sure how much influence I have.” I have asked people to take climate change seriously… But it has not been successful. “
When Wood asked Musk if he thought he should choose the wording carefully, the Tesla CEO replied, “I said a lot, but not all of it has the same ideological qualities… It is impossible to think all about it. “
Wood went on to review Musk’s timeline of rescue efforts in a cave in Thailand. Musk explained why he was involved. At first, he said, he didn’t think he needed his help, but he changed his mind after Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan was killed while he was on the rescue.
“If you don’t act now, the boys will die,” Musk told the court. I have to do something. We must try. “
Before the lunch break, Musk argued that Unsworth’s comments about his involvement in the rescue effort amounted to an “unprovoked attack.” He also described the comments as “wrong and insulting,” adding that that’s why he hit back at Unsworth.
In September, Musk defended his claim in court filings that Unsworth was a “pedophile” that he used as a child in South Africa as a common slur, meaning “creepy old man”, to insult a person’s appearance and manners without sexual connotations.