Elon Musk’s Defense: ‘Pedo Guy’ Tweet Was a Generic Insult – The New York Times

Elon Musk’s Defense: ‘Pedo Guy’ Tweet Was a Generic Insult – The New York Times

Elon Musk
It all boils down to what, exactly, Elon Musk meant when he called a British cave explorer “pedo guy.” A lawyer for Mr. Musk argued in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday that the brash Silicon Valley billionaire had used the term on Twitter last year merely as a generic insult. A lawyer for the target of Mr. Musk’s ire, the explorer Vernon Unsworth, argued that it had been part of campaign to harm Mr. Unsworth’s reputation and paint him as a pedophile. Those were the opening volleys in the trial of Mr. Unsworth’s defamation suit against Mr. .


Musk, which is expected to feature a highly anticipated witness: Mr. Musk himself. His lawyer, Alex Spiro, characterized the insult as an expression from Mr. Musk’s South African youth. “These are joking talking tweets in a fight between men, ” Mr. Spiro said. “It was a joking, deleted, apologized for, responsive tweet. .

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