Musk’s attorney claims his client’s tweets didn’t hurt diver
An attorney for Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims a British diver who is suing his client can’t recover damages because the diver allegedly started the spat and his reputation hasn’t been harmed
Vernon Unsworth is suing Musk for calling him a “pedo” in a July 15 post on Twitter. The post came during an exchange of insults last summer after the underwater rescue of youth soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand.
In a response to Unsworth’s lawsuit, attorney Alex Spiro wrote that Musk’s statements were opinion protected by the First Amendment. He also wrote that the statements were true or substantially true.
Last week a federal judge in Los Angeles set an Oct. 22 trial date, rejecting Musk’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit.