Tesla CEO Musk faces trial for 'pedo' insult of diver

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Inc. Cropped Photo: NASA / Kim Shiflett / CC BY-SA 2.0 via MGN.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk will have to go to trial to defend himself for mocking a British diver as a pedophile in a verbal sparring match that unfolded last summer after the underwater rescue of youth soccer players trapped in a Thailand cave.

A federal court judge in Los Angeles set an Oct. 22 trial date in a Friday court filing that rejected Musk's attempt to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by British diver Vernon Unsworth.

Musk called Unsworth a "pedo" in a July 15 post on this Twitter account after Unsworth dismissed Musk's attempts to help rescue the soccer players as a "PR stunt."

Musk contended his insult was protected from legal action, but the judge overseeing the case disagreed.

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