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Elon Musk to testify in pedo guy defamation trial

Tesla co-founder Elon Musk went on trial in Los Angeles in a defamation case involving a British caver he allegedly called a pedophile during a spat on Twitter. A jury of six women and two men were selected to hear the case with the tech billionnaire set to testify early on in the trial, possibly Tuesday afternoon. Musk will likely be asked about his state of mind when he called British diver Vernon Unsworth -- who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand in July 2018 -- pedo guy in a tweet. The 48-year-old entrepreneur had lashed out at Unsworth in a series of tweets after the latter dismissed Musk s proposal to build a mini-submarine to rescue the youths as a PR stunt. Unsworth said the custom-built device would never have fit in the cave and suggested that Musk could stick his submarine where it hurts. In his operning statement, Musk s attorney Alex Spiro told the jurors that his client meant no harm when he hit out at Unsworth and that his words were .

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