L.A. Judge Rules Defamation Suit Against Elon Musk Will Go Forward

Judge Considers Whether To Hold Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk In Contempt Over Tweet

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A judge ruled today that a defamation lawsuit involving Tesla CEO Elon Musk and a British cave diver will go forward in Los Angeles federal court.

Vern Unsworth filed suit last year after Musk called him a ``pedo guy'' on Twitter and referred to him as a ``child rapist'' who married a 12- year-old girl in emails to a BuzzFeed reporter.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson rejected Musk's motion for early judgment as to Unsworth's claims, telling attorneys that ``malice'' would play a part in the trial set for Dec. 3 in downtown Los Angeles. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Nov. 25.

Musk's tweet came after an interview in which Unsworth, who was part of the 2018 rescue of a youth soccer team and its coach from a cave in Thailand, criticized the miniature submarine the tech tycoon sent to help with the rescue, calling the effort a publicity stunt.

The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a judge's order stopping Musk from making further allegations.

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