Elon Musk revives 'pedo' controversy in Twitter spat

Elon Musk

However it led to tech writer Drew Olanoff pointing out that it seems convenient that Musk is only now committed to journalistic integrity, after lobbing baseless pedophile accusations at British rescue worker and cave diver Vern Unsworth.

Musk told Olanoff that he found it odd that Unsworth has not sued him, adding that Unsworth was even offered "free legal services". But earlier this week, Musk, baited by some other Twitter users, brought the subject back up, declaring it "strange" that Unsworth never sued him.

"I am in the process of preparing a civil complaint for libel against you". "Have you actually done any research at all?"

But Musk's decision to continue to respond to critics on Twitter indicates he won't change easily, said Charles Elson, a University of DE finance professor who specializes in corporate governance.

Times Finance Editor David Enrich, meanwhile, said on the social media site that the paper stands by its description of Musk's emotions during the interview.

Since then, the two men have been at loggerheads, with Musk calling Unsworth a "pedo guy" and now possibly facing a lawsuit for it.

That's despite the fact that Musk had already apologized after last month's blow- up, in which Unsworth declared that Musk "can stick his submarine where it hurts".

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Musk claimed his words were "spoken in anger" after Unsworth allegedly told him to "engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub".

The controversy is one of several that Musk has found himself in lately as a result of his Twitter exploits.

The episode prompted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to probe whether Musk and Tesla intentionally made misleading statements to influence markets, something that's prohibited by regulations.

He said that he would consider taking legal action against Musk, saying: "It's not finished".

"Conventional business leaders are far more careful in their behaviour - you don't find FTSE 100 chief executives shooting from the hip like this because they are advised it would be detrimental to the interests of their companies", Matthew Gwyther, ex-editor of Management Today, told the BBC.

And there it remained until Tuesday when, amid a Twitter discussion about an interview earlier this month with The New York Times during which the reporters wrote that Musk was driven to tears.

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