Elon Musk seems to have doubled down on his claim that British rescue diver who helped save a group of boys trapped in a Thai cave is a "pedo guy".
On Tuesday, the Tesla CEO tweeted in reply to former TechCrunch writer Drew Olanoff that it was "strange" that the diver, Vernon Unsworth, had not sued him, considering he was "offered free legal services".
Musk told Olanoff that he found it unusual that Unsworth has not sued him, adding that Unsworth was even offered "free legal services".
Bet he can expect that lawsuit this time.
Shares of the electric auto company have plummeted almost 16 percent since Musk's tweet.
"And hey. sue you, he still might. or anyone else that you've whack-a-moled without thinking twice about", the user tweeted.
Wood, Unsworth's attorney, said Wednesday that he sent Musk a note on August 6 alerting the billionaire that a lawsuit was in the works.
"You published through three different tweets to your twenty-two million followers that Mr. Unsworth engages in the sexual exploitation of Thai children, and you did so at a time when he was working to save the lives of twelve Thai children", Unsworth's lawyer, L. Lin Wood, wrote in a letter to Musk. The lawyer also urged Musk's legal counsel to contact him to avoid litigation and correct the reportedly false statements.
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Musk was responding to a Forbes article shared on Twitter and written by Amy Nelson, the founder and CEO of workspace company The Riveter.
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. Musk said in a tweet last week that he was no longer pursuing a plan to privatize Tesla.
Reports that emerged after the tweet and a statement from Musk suggested that, at the time of the tweet, he did not have legally binding agreements in place that would provide enough funding to convert Tesla into a private company. "You did so without any basis".
A representative for Musk did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
To keep tabs on Tesla inventory, @Latrilife monitors California lots where he said Tesla cars are kept before being shipped to distribution centers and posts the footage on Twitter. Last week, Musk said Telsa would remain publicly-traded.