NEW YORK, A British caver who took part in the rescue of 12 schoolboys and their football coach in Thailand is considering legal action against US billionaire Elon Musk after the latter claimed he was a "pedo," Xinhua news agency quoted CNN as reporting.
"I believe he's called me a pedophile. Well, (if) by definition rescuing 12 young boys...that puts everybody in the same context," said Vern Unsworth, a caver based in Thailand yesterday.
Musk is the CEO of several US tech companies, including SpaceX and Tesla.
His now-deleted tweet was sent to his 22 million followers. The tweet came after Unsworth dubbed Musk's miniature submarine - intended for the rescue operation but ending up being of no help - a "PR stunt."
Musk did not provide any proof of his claim and doubled down when accused by Twitter users of being unfair to Unsworth.
He wrote in another now-removed tweet: "Bet ya, a signed dollar it's true."
During the rescue efforts, Unsworth provided knowledge of the Tham Luang cave system where the 12 teen footballers and their coach were trapped for 18 days before they were rescued earlier last week.
Source: NAM News Network