Elon Musk Apologizes to Thai Cave Rescue Diver for "Pedo" Slur

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After a British cave diver questioned the tech entrepreneur's role in the rescue, Musk lashed out on Twitter.

Elon Musk has apologized to a British diver who helped rescue the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave after calling him a "pedo" on Twitter.

The billionaire Tesla CEO was widely condemned for throwing the slur at Vernon Unsworth after he had questioned Musk's involvement in the rescue that captured the world's attention. In an interview in the aftermath of the rescue, Unsworth intimated that Musk's plan to rescue the boys with a miniature submarine was a "PR stunt" and he told the tech entrepreneur to “stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Musk retaliated on Twitter, writing: "Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus) at any point when we were in the caves. Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great. Thai navy seals escorted us in — total opposite of wanting us to leave."

"You know what, don’t bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it."

Following the slur, Unsworth said he was considering legal action and that he was “astonished and very angry” about Musk's comments. Tesla's stock price slid 3.5 percent on Monday on the back of bad publicity surrounding Musk's Twitter spat. 

On Wednesday, Musk took to Twitter to apologize to Unsworth, in reply to another user: “My words were spoken in anger after Mr Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader.”

He added: “Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone.”