Hero Brit cave diver branded ‘paedo’ by Elon Musk went ‘toe to toe with the billionaire bully’ lawyer claims, Wustoo

Hero Brit cave diver branded ‘paedo’ by Elon Musk went ‘toe to toe with the billionaire bully’ lawyer claims

CAVE rescue hero Vernon Unsworth went “toe to toe with billionaire bully’’ Elon Musk, his legal team said.

The Briton took him to court after the Tesla boss called him a “paedo guy’’.

Hero Brit cave diver branded ‘paedo’ by Elon Musk went ‘toe to toe with the billionaire bully’ lawyer claims, Wustoo
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Musk, 48, started the row after Vernon led a team of divers to rescue 12 kids from a cave in Thailand in 2018[/caption]

The 64-year-old was seeking £145million damages after he was also dubbed a “sus’’ on Twitter

Mr Musk, 48, started the row after Vernon led a team of Brit divers to rescue 12 kids from a cave in Thailand in July 2018.

Mr Unsworth told the LA court he felt ‘’humiliated, ashamed and dirtied’’ by the tweet from Mr Musk — but a jury took less than an hour to throw out his defamation claim.

Outside court, Mr Unsworth’s lawyer Mark Stephens, said: “Vernon went toe to toe with a billionaire bully.

Not many people have the courage to do that.”

Mr Unsworth, a £25,000-a-year financial adviser who was awarded an MBE for the rescue, said: “I have to take it on the chin and get on with my life.’’

Mr Musk left court saying: “My faith in humanity is restored.’’

The row blew up after Vernon dismissed a mini-submarine put forward by Mr Musk to help save the kids as a “PR stunt”.

Jury foreman Joshua Jones said they decided Mr Unsworth’s lawyers spent too much time trying to appeal to their emotions and not enough focusing on the evidence.

He said: “In a court of law you have to prove your case, which they did not prove.”

Hero Brit cave diver branded ‘paedo’ by Elon Musk went ‘toe to toe with the billionaire bully’ lawyer claims, Wustoo
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Mr Unsworth told the LA court he felt ‘humiliated, ashamed and dirtied’ by the tweet[/caption]

Hero Brit cave diver branded ‘paedo’ by Elon Musk went ‘toe to toe with the billionaire bully’ lawyer claims, Wustoo
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Vernon led a team that rescued 12 Thai boys from Tham Luang cave in June 2018[/caption]


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