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Musk to testify in 'pedo guy' defamation trial

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Published on November 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:08s

Musk to testify in 'pedo guy' defamation trial

Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, will testify in his own defense in a defamation lawsuit brought by a British cave explorer, Musk’s lawyer said on Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

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Musk to testify in 'pedo guy' defamation trial

Tesla CEO Elon Musk will testify in his own defense against a defamation lawsuit brought by a British cave explorer.

Vernon Unsworth is suing Musk for calling him a “pedo guy” on Twitter.

Musk posted the tweet after Unsworth accused Musk in a CNN interview of grandstanding by offering to help his diving team rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave in July 2018.

Musk’s attorney told the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Monday that Musk “didn’t call him a pedophile.

Mr. Musk deleted the tweet, apologized and moved on.” There was no sign either side was interested in settling the case before a trial scheduled to begin on Dec.

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Unsworth will also testify and provide evidence of damages by “talking about his worries, his anxieties, his concern by being branded a pedophile,” his lawyer told the court.

Last week, the judge rejected Musk’s attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed and also ruled that Unsworth was not a public figure - which makes it easier to prove defamation.

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