Elon Musk has won a defamation suit against a British cave diver. The case began when Musk tweeted that Vernon Unsworth, the plaintiff in the case, was a “paedophile.” A federal jury in Los Angeles found in less than two hours that Musk’s insulting remarks did not amount to defamation. “My faith in humanity has been restored,” Musk said after the verdict. ”
This is the 48-year-old Musk’s second victory in the twitter battle. Musk previously agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla for three years in 2018 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But he still runs Tesla and SpaceX as usual.
Onsworth filed a $190 million claim against Musk in the case to compensate him for the alleged injuries he suffered as a result of the tweet and to punish him. Musk said he made the tweet in anger because he insulted him and his team in a television interview.
“I respect the jury’s decision. “I’ll accept the failure and move on. “
But his lawyers have repeatedly called Musk a “billionaire bully.” One of the lawyers, Linwood, said: “It’s not a Lin Wood was not satisfied with the verdict. “He shouldn’t be judged like that,” he said. “
But Mr Wood said he had not yet decided whether to appeal the sentence.