Everything seems to be going well for Tesla CEO Elon Musk lately. After receiving an impressive 250,000 pre-orders for his Cybertruck, a jury just announced a verdict in his favor in the "pedo guy" defamation case.
A mere "PR stunt"
For those that have not been following the news lately, British caver Vernon Unsworth was suing Musk for calling him a "pedo guy." The whole ordeal started when Unsworth claimed that the small submarine Musk provided to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a Thai cave was not useful and that Musk's attempts to help were merely a "PR stunt."
The trial lasted only four days, and it took the jury less than an hour on Friday to decide that Musk did not defame Unsworth with his tweet. "My faith in humanity is restored," Musk said as he was leaving the courtroom, according to CNN.
A statement of fact?
The case centered on whether Musk's insult was a statement of fact or not. Musk testified that his words were not meant to be taken literally.
During the case, he claimed his statement was made in response to an “unprovoked” insult Unsworth made and apologized for his actions.
“It was wrong and insulting, and so I insulted him back,” Musk said on the stand, according to Reuters. “I thought he was just some random creepy guy,” and was “unrelated to the rescue.”
Musk also referred to the fact that Unsworth told CNN that Musk should "stick his submarine where it hurts."
“I assume he did not mean to sodomize me with a submarine ... Just as I didn’t literally mean he was a pedophile,” he said.
“I apologized in a tweet and again in the (pretrial) deposition, and I’ll say it again - I apologize to Mr. Unsworth,” Musk added.
It seems the jury believed him as the verdict was in his favor. What do you think? Was Musk's comment taken out of context or should have Unsworth won this case?