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Elon Musk wins defamation lawsuit after calling British cave expert 'pedo guy'

Olivia Rudgard
Elon Musk outside court earlier this week - Getty Images North America

The US tech billionaire Elon Musk has been found not liable for defamation after being sued by a British cave expert he had called a "pedo guy" on Twitter.

A Los Angeles jury found in favour of Mr Musk after a four-day trial in which Vernon Unsworth, who had taken part in the rescue of a group of children in Thailand last year, had sought damages for libel.

The two had clashed after Mr Unsworth insulted Mr Musk's proposals for a mini submarine to rescue the children from the flooded caves. Mr Musk, 48, had responded by referring to Mr Unsworth as a "pedo guy".

Lawyers for Mr Unsworth had asked for damages of up to $190m and claimed the tweet had left him feeling "dirtied" and "humiliated".

A jury took less than an hour to consider the verdict. Judge Stephen Wilson read out the verdict, delivered by the jury foreman, saying: “We find in favour of the defendant.”

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