Elon Musk accused of stereotyping Thailand with attack on caver Vernon Unsworth

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The interview took place on August 15 but a 17-minute video was uploaded by Brownlee on YouTube on Friday - a week after Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private with "funding secured" that created a storm at the Tesla board and amid market watchers.

"Unsworth also said I was asked to leave by the Thai govt, which is utterly false". L. Lin Wood, who claims to have written to Musk in early August warning him of a possible defamation lawsuit, said: "Elon Musk can tweet his vindictive and vicious lie about Mr Unsworth a hundred times and it will still be a lie".

HuffPost UK has contacted Tesla and Musk for comment on this matter.

Musk's attacks began after Unsworth, who was instrumental in the rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team that spent nine days inside the Tham Luang cave complex after floodwaters blocked their exit, questioned the utility of the billionaire tech mogul's unsolicited contribution to the effort. During that process, Unsworth dismissed an offer from Musk to build a mini-submarine as "unworkable.' In a bizzarre series of tweets following a TV interview with Unsworth, Musk labelled Unsworth a 'pedo guy" to his 22 million followers on Twitter. But he reignited the feud last week when he said it was "strange" that Unsworth had not sued him over the initial insult.

Tesla shares rose 21 cents to $280.95 in Thursday trading.

"Elon Musk's campaign of publishing vile and false accusations against Mr Unsworth is inexcusable". Musk hopes to be sued and he deserves to be sued.

In response, Unsworth's lawyer told the Guardian in an email that his client was now proceeding with legal action.

CNN wasn't able to independently verify the authenticity of the emails reported by Buzzfeed. She said that Unsworth splits his time between England and Thailand but declined to comment on Musk's attacks, citing the developing legal case.

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For the boys, mostly teenagers, the Musk controversy is not even a sideshow.

Shirley O'Connor, Unsworth's sister, stated that the cave rescue hero was now traveling to Thailand and was unlikely to have heard of Musk's latest accusations.

Musk later announced in a blog post that he chose to scrap the plan to go private.

Take Denmark for example, Tamberrino says, where Tesla's quarterly sales saw a dramatic drop once the end of a tax exemption was announced by the country. KeyCorp set a $300.00 price target on Tesla and gave the stock a "hold" rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 3rd. They highlighted concerns including the carmaker's debt-riddled balance sheet and "intensifying" competition that may erode its lead in the electric vehicle race.

Currently, the price for Tesla Model 3 starts from $35,000 and Model S from $75,000.

The boys have already detailed much of their adventure in a news conference after they were released from hospital observation following their rescue and in interviews with the United States television network ABC.

"This past year has been the most hard and painful year of my career", he said during the interview.

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