Elon Musk’s Defamation Trial to Begin September 22

The lawyer for SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed in court on Tuesday that he could not seek compensation for failing to damage the reputation of the British cave diver, who went public with his client and later filed a defamation lawsuit.

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Musk’s new attorney, Alex Spiro, questioned the reasoning of British cave diver Vernon Unsworth, who filed a defamation lawsuit in September 2018, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed after Elon Musk called the diver a pedophile on Twitter and made statements implying this. The incident broke out after the rescue of young football players who were trapped in a cave in Thailand last summer.

In a response to Unsworth’s complaint, Musk’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said: “Someone has to question why Mr. Unsworth made this into a federal lawsuit. Defamation laws exist to protect those whose reputations have been damaged by false claims. In the case of Mr. Unsworth, who has made himself a social figure, these allegations must have been made on purpose. Mr. Musk has already retracted what he said. “Mr Unsworth’s claim is limited to what Mr Musk said in his private speech,” he said.

In response to the plea, US District Judge Stephen V. Wilson denied the motion to dismiss the case and set a hearing date. The trial will begin on October 22.

Musk’s lawyers claimed that the statements on sites like Twitter were not objective facts, but rather hypothetical ideas. The defamation laws do not apply to ideas and insults. However, Wilson dismissed Musk’s arguments, taking into account Musk’s email interaction with BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac.

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