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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Found Not Liable in Defamation Case

Musk called cave diver Vernon Unsworth a "pedo guy" on Twitter in September 2018.
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A Los Angeles jury found that Tesla  (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc. Report CEO Elon Musk did not defame a cave diver he insulted on Twitter last year. 

After deliberating for less than three hours, the jury determined that Musk's characterization of Vernon Unsworth as "sus" and a "pedo guy" in Twitter posts did not constitute defamation.

The feud between Musk and Unsworth started last year, when Unsworth criticized Musk for sending an unsolicited mini-sub to aid in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. The mini sub was not used in the rescue, and Unsworth described it as a PR stunt in a television interview. 

Musk then lashed out at the cave diver on Twitter, calling him "sus" (suspicious) and a "pedo guy."

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Musk's defense attorneys argued that Musk's tweets were not meant to be taken literally, and that "pedo guy" is simply shorthand for "creepy old guy."

Tesla shares closed 1.67% lower on Friday to $335.89.