Jury Rules For Elon Musk In ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Suit

The BBC reports:

A UK diver wants $190 million in damages from Elon Musk for a tweet calling him “pedo guy”, a US court has heard. Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave last year, is suing Mr Musk for defamation.

He asked a jury in a Los Angeles federal court to award him $150 million in punitive damages, as well as $40 million for assumed and actual damages. Mr Unsworth’s lawyer Lin Wood said the award would be a “hard slap on the wrist” for the Tesla co-founder.

Calling Mr Musk, 48, a “billionaire bully” in his closing statement, Mr Wood told the court that his client’s modest life had been upended by the very public row.