Elon Musk’s private eye rifled through cave hero’s bins to dig up dirt on his private life: Cave hero Vernon Unsworth tells all after losing court battle against Tesla tycoon who called him ‘pedo guy’
December 16, 2019
Standing at the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system in northern Thailand, it should have been the proudest moment of Vernon Unsworth’s life.
Days earlier, the caving expert – known as Vern – had played a crucial role in the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from rising monsoon waters flooding the treacherous complex.
Now he and his fellow rescuers had been honoured with a ceremony of thanks.
But as the event drew to a close, he was approached by a journalist who delivered a question as unexpected as it was horrifying.
Mr Unsworth told The Mail on Sunday: ‘An Australian TV crew cornered me and asked what did I feel about this billionaire calling me a paedophile? I was staggered.
‘That’s about the worst thing you can call anybody. He could have called me anything. But that…’
The billionaire in question was Elon Musk who, unbeknown to Mr Unsworth at the time, had called him ‘pedo guy’ after a plan to use a mini-submarine designed by the technology entrepreneur to rescue the boys was dismissed as a ‘PR stunt’ by the Briton.
Musk initially apologised but then reopened the wound weeks later. First he dared Mr Unsworth to sue him and then repeated the slur with added venom, describing the 64-year-old in an email to a journalist as a ‘child rapist’, and his 40-year-old Thai partner as a ‘child bride’.
Appalled, Mr Unsworth decided to take the Tesla founder, worth an estimated £18 billion (AUD$34.89b), to court.
Now, a week after losing his libel action in the Californian courts, Mr Unsworth breaks his silence on his ‘David and Goliath’ battle with Musk – and reveals the personal price he has paid.
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