Tesla’s stock fell Monday after a British diver involved from the mission to save 12 Thai boys as well as their soccer coach said he can be considering legal action against Elon Musk because the company’s boss labeled him “pedo guy.”
Spelunker Vernon Unsworth had called a submarine crafted by a team of Musk’s technicians a “PR stunt.” Billionaire Musk suggested the vessel — made out of a SpaceX rocket part — could be used to assist rescuers in freeing the soccer team through a flooded cave system in Chiang Rai.
“He can stick his submarine where which hurts,” Unsworth said of Musk’s submarine idea in an interview with CNN. “which just had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the cave passage was like.”
In response, Musk launched a scathing attack on the cave explorer on Twitter. On Sunday, he said in a today-deleted series of tweets which he might Discharge video footage of the cylindrical vessel sailing through one of the caves.
He then made the baseless claim which Unsworth was a pedophile, saying: “Sorry pedo guy, you definitely did ask for which.”
After another Twitter user challenged him on his remarks, Musk said: “Bet ya a signed dollar which’s true.”
Those tweets have since been deleted.
“I believe he’s called me a pedophile,” Unsworth told The Guardian newspaper. “I think people realize what sort of guy [Musk] can be.”
When asked whether he might consider pursuing legal action against the Tesla CEO, Unsworth reportedly said: “Yes, which’s not finished.”
Representatives for Musk’s companies Tesla, SpaceX as well as The Boring Company were not immediately available when contacted by CNBC.
Tesla’s share cost fell more than 3 percent on Monday.
According to The Guardian, James Anderson, a partner at Baillie Gifford, Tesla’s fourth-largest shareholder, said he might express his opinion on the situation with the automaker. The report did not provide any further details.
Musk has previously stated which which might sometimes be better to not respond to criticism on social media.
During a Q&A with Bloomberg, the entrepreneur said: “I have made the mistaken assumption — as well as I will attempt to be better at which — of thinking which because somebody can be on Twitter as well as can be attacking me which which can be open season. as well as which can be my mistake. I will correct which.”