Elon Musk seems to revive 'pedo' claims against Thai cave rescue diver

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However it led to tech writer Drew Olanoff pointing out that it seems convenient that Musk is only now committed to journalistic integrity, after lobbing baseless pedophile accusations at British rescue worker and cave diver Vern Unsworth.

Musk didn't take kindly to that statement, and retaliated with now-deleted tweets insisting Unsworth is a paedophile. "According to a subsequent Twitter post, you did so out of anger", Wood wrote, adding that he was "preparing a civil complaint for libel".

"You don't think it's unusual he hasn't sued me?"

"I think sometimes people think I spend a lot of time in Twitter", he told the YouTuber Marques Brownlee earlier this month.

Mr Musk has been embroiled in another Twitter-related controversy over recent weeks after tweeting that he was considering taking his vehicle firm private, adding that he had secured the funds required.

Mr Musk's latest tweet was written in response to a former journalist, who had accused him of hypocrisy.

"Have you actually done any research at all?" he said.

He also said the Tesla founder can "stick his submarine where it hurts" and it had absolutely no chance of working.

Musk is known for being unusually candid on Twitter compared to other CEOs, but he has become increasingly combative on the site this year, lashing out at critics and reporters and spurring questions about his judgment when using the site.

In a tweet to his 22.3m followers, Musk said: "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it".

The spat between the two was ignited after Berlin-based motivational speaker Tijen Onaran tweeted an opinion piece about Musk crying in an interview with The New York Times.

The SEC already had been investigating whether Musk's vehicle production forecasts may have misled investors before the regulator started scrutinizing whether he had secured funding for a Tesla buyout, Bloomberg News reported on August 9. Last week, Musk said Telsa would remain publicly-traded.

Lawyers have warned the tweet may have broken a law that bans public companies from announcing plans to buy or sell securities if executives do not intend or do not have the means to complete the deal, or if they are trying to manipulate the stock price.

Numerous commenters have called Musk out over his offhand defamatory statement.

At the time, Mr Unsworth told 9News he was considering legal action.

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