Tesla CEO Elon Musk is headed to court to answer a defamation lawsuit filed by a British rescue diver he called a “pedo guy.” U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles denied Musk’s request to throw out the case, according to court documents made public Tuesday. Wilson ordered the jury trial to begin Dec. 3.
Musk lawyers argued that the case should be tossed because his statements were insults rather than allegations, so they didn’t constitute defamation.
In his motion for summary judgment, Musk also asserted that Unsworth should be considered a public figure due to his involvement in the cave rescue of a trapped Thai boys soccer team — a claim Wilson denied in Tuesday’s ruling.
This will cost him millions.