Arrogant Musk has doubled down on baseless claims that one of the rescue divers who aided in the heroic rescue of the trapped wild boars soccer team cave boys is a pedophile.
In his latest outrageous outburst the billionaire businessman has claimed that Vernon Unsworth, 63, moved to Chiang Rai, Thailand in order to wed “a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time”.
In email to a Buzzfeed reporter Musk went so far as to label the hero Brit a “child rapist”
Vernon Unsworth’s 40-Year-Old 12-Year-Old Child Bride
Mr. Unworth’s actual partner of seven years is Woranan Ratrawiphukkun.
Ms. Ratrawiphukkun is a forty-year-old business owner, who has reacted with incredulity to the allegations against her partner.
Family members of Mr. Unsworth have told reporters that the couple first met in the UK, where Ms. Ratrawiphukkun was working in a Thai restaurant.
When Ms. Ratrawiphukkun returned home, Mr. Unsworth moved out to Thailand to continue the relationship and the couple currently share a house together in the countryside outside of Chiang Rai.
Elon Musk’s Ridiculous Publicity Stunt
The spat started back in July when expert caver Unsworth told reporters that Musk’s much-vaunted rescue sub could not have navigated the narrow cave network in which the twelve boys and their coach were stranded by flood water.
At the time the whole world was celebrating the success of the harrowing real-time rescue mission to save the youths.
Headed by the Thai military, an international team of experts, soldiers and civilians worked tirelessly get the boys to safety after over two weeks trapped underground.
Miraculously all of the thirteen survived their ordeal, although tragically a Thai military diver, Petty Officer Saman Gunan, lost his life during rescue effort.
Many were amused when bombastic billionaire Musk inserted himself into attempts to rescue the boys, although most appreciated the sincerity of his interest in bringing all involved to safety.
Musk Brands Hero Diver ‘Pedo guy’
However, his hastily-developed prototype for a child-sized mini-sub was only minimally tested when he offered it for use in the rescue.
Experts, including Mr. Unsworth, who had surveryed the caves considered to be impractical in the twisting, pitch black tunnels of the submerged Tham Luang complex.
Ultimately the boys were not saved by a single grand gesture from a billionaire boss, but by the coordinated efforts of many hardworking, anonymous individuals.
Unfortunately Musk’s petulance has now thrust Vernon Unsworth into the media glare.
In response to the practiced caver’s less than complementary assessment of the mini-sub, Elon Musk made his first bizarre libel, using Twitter to label Unsworth ‘pedo guy’.
Musk Doubles Down, Reignites False Pedo Claim Fuss
This unfounded slur attracted widespread condemnation when it was first levied by Musk back in July, but the incident appeared to have blown over until late last month when Musk reignited the one-sided feud.
Musk took to Twitter to question why Mr. Unsworth had not started legal proceedings against him, insinuating that it was because Musk’s crude allegations has been true.
In fact, Mr. Unsworth had already instructed Atlanta-based libel and defamation specialists L.Lin Wood P.C, to launch proceedings against Musk earlier that month.
‘No Smoke Without Fire?’
This latest outburst will do little to reassure Tesla shareholders about the stability of the erratic CEO.
Unfortunately for Mr. Unsworth his willingness to do a good deed may have tarnished his good name.
The common perception when it comes to sex crime allegations is often ‘no smoke without fire’.
If this one-time enfant terrible of tech, is willing to accuse members of the public of kiddie fiddling he must supply hard evidence, or else he may just have sent an innocent man’s life up in flames.