Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, gave evidence at a hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday,media reported. He has previously been accused of defaming British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth, who rescued 12 boys and their football coaches trapped in a cave in the summer of 2018.
In that settlement, Musk and his staff built a small submarine that they hoped would be used as an escape pod to rescue the children trapped in the cave. But the small submarine did not come in handy during the rescue. Mr. Onsworth later told the media that Mr. Musk’s actions were a “PR stunt.”
Musk later called Onsworth a “paedophile” on Twitter and called him a “child rapist” in an email to a Buzzfeed reporter. Onsworth then filed a lawsuit against Musk in the United States.
In a statement to the trial on Tuesday, Musk’s lawyers said Musk’s remarks were not “an allegation of criminal conduct” but “jokes and sarcastic remarks from men’s struggles.”
Mr. Onsworth’s lawyer, Mr. Wood, asked Mr. Musk how much influence he felt he had. Mr Musk responded: “I don’t know how influential I am. I used to call attention to climate change, but it didn’t work. “
Wood then asked Musk if he had considered carefully considering his words, to which Musk replied: “I said a lot, and the quality of each sentence was different.” I can’t think carefully about everything. “
Musk also explained why he was involved in the rescue. At first, he said, he didn’t think he needed his own help, but after a Thai navy man died in a rescue operation, he changed his mind. “If I don’t act now, the children will lose their lives, and that will make my conscience feel unsafe forever,” he said. I have to do something, we must try. “
Before the noon recess, Musk also said That Onsworth’s comments were an “unprovoked attack” on him, so he chose to fight back.
During the afternoon hearing, Musk referred to a letter Wood sent him asking for a settlement, calling it a “ransom letter” from a “ransom lawyer” who he said was “the core truth of the letter is extortion.”
But Musk also admitted that the investigator who offered to “find Onsworth’s past behavior” was a “professional liar” who paid him $52,000, but he found no hard evidence of Onsworth’s past.
Surprisingly, Musk’s lawyer asked him to describe his childhood in South Africa. Musk remained silent for a long time, finally saying, “It’s not good.” Musk left South Africa at the age of 17.
Musk’s hearing will continue on Wednesday. (Line Cloud)