Elon Musk Renews Attacks on British Diver, Calls Him a ‘Child Rapist’

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But in a series of emails published by BuzzFeed News, the Tesla CEO seemed to renew his attacks on Unsworth, labeling the rescuer a "child rapist" and suggesting that he moved to Thailand for a child bride.

It stemmed from a comment made by Unsworth about a submarine Musk had built to help rescue a group of Thai boys who became trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand earlier this year.

Musk later apologized after Unsworth said he was considering legal action.

Musk did not appear to provide any evidence to Mac to back up his assertion, beyond reiterating his assertion that the region where Unsworth lives is "renowned for child sex-trafficking".

Buzzfeed News tracked down Unsworth's girlfriend of seven years, a 40-year-old Thai woman named Woranan Ratrawiphukkun who has several years worth of photos with Unsworth on her Facebook page.

After facing widespread backlash, Musk, who had unsuccessfully attempted to assist the rescue mission, eventually apologised to Unsworth.

This means Musk could face jail time if found guilty in the Southeast Asian nation.

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"It isn't where you'd go for caves, but it is where you'd go for something else", Mr Musk wrote.

Musk was unable to substantiate his claims to the outlet.

In his email, Mr Musk also said that Mr Unsworth had not been part of the cave dive rescue team and had been shunned by its members. "After deleting the initial accusation and tweeting an apology, Mr Musk has continued to republish his false and unsupportable accusation".

"We see the medium-to-longer term industry backdrop as challenging for Tesla's products; this follows from an increasing number of EV launches from both traditional OEMs and other start-up competitors - at a time when the company's product cadence hits a gap", analyst David Tamberrino said in a note to clients Tuesday.

Shirley O'Connor, Unsworth's sister, stated that the cave rescue hero was now traveling to Thailand and was unlikely to have heard of Musk's latest accusations. It's also a true liability for the company, whose shares dropped 5 percent on Tuesday before this latest report came out in the afternoon.

At time of publication, neither Musk nor the Tesla board had yet publicly addressed BuzzFeed's claims.

Goldman Sachs has resumed its coverage of Tesla, slapping the carmaker with a sell rating less than a month after suspending coverage to help CEO Elon Musk explore taking the company private.

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