Elon Musk Tells Jury 'Pedo Guy' Tweet Wasn't Literal

Law360, Los Angeles (December 3, 2019, 11:39 PM EST) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a California federal jury Tuesday that he was merely trading insults when he tweeted that a British cave diver was a "pedo guy," saying he couldn't have defamed the man because he didn't mean the statement literally.

Taking the stand before a packed courtroom on the first day of a defamation trial in downtown Los Angeles, Musk testified that he became angry when spelunker Vernon Unsworth disparaged his idea to build a miniature submarine to rescue a Thai children's soccer team trapped in an underwater cave.

Unsworth, who captured worldwide fame for helping rescue the 12...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS