"I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what's actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you fucking asshole."
— Elon Musk, September 4, 2018, to Buzzfeed News.
Hope you had a fun Labor Day holiday, because it's time to get back to work figuring out what the heck is going on with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and newly minted pedophilia expert.
In an all-new wacky email, Elon Musk is reportedly accusing one of the Thai cave rescuers of being a "child rapist," and he "hopes" there is a lawsuit.
BuzzFeed News reports that Musk accuses the man of moving to Thailand to take a child bride. The rescuer denies all the claims.
Musk last month apologized for accusing Vernon Unsworth of pedophilia after the diver questioned the value of Musk's contribution to the rescue, a small submarine that ultimately went unused. But in a series of emails to BuzzFeed News, Musk repeated his original attacks on Unsworth — and made new and specific claims, lambasting the rescuer as a "child rapist" who moved to the Southeast Asian country to take a child bride. Unsworth denied Musk's accusations through his attorney.
Though Musk prefaced one email with "off the record," BuzzFeed News did not agree to that condition of the correspondence. (Per common journalistic practice, a conversation is off-the-record only if both parties agree to the terms. )
BuzzFeed News first emailed Musk last Wednesday to ask for comment regarding a legal threat made by Unsworth's lawyer in August after the Tesla CEO reopened his apparently evidenceless criticism of the rescuer in a Twitter argument the day before. Musk responded without addressing the substance of the legal threat. BuzzFeed News followed up twice, once on Wednesday and once on Thursday, and Musk responded with two separate emails.
"I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what's actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you fucking asshole," Musk wrote in the first message. "He's an old, single white guy from England who's been traveling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years, mostly Pattaya Beach, until moving to Chiang Rai for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time."
"As for this alleged threat of a lawsuit, which magically appeared when I raised the issue (nothing was sent or raised beforehand), I fucking hope he sues me," he added.
No word on why Musk seems to actually believe these allegations against Unsworth, or what evidence he may have. He provided nothing to the reporters he communicated with at BuzzFeed News.