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Elon Musk Has Apologized After Calling A Thai Cave Rescuer A "Pedo"

"I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone."

Posted on July 18, 2018, at 4:38 a.m. ET

Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has apologized after he called a British cave expert who helped rescue a group of boys trapped in Thailand a "pedo."

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Here's how we got here.

@adamchavez Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone.

In case you missed it, a coach and his teen soccer team were trapped for more than two weeks in a cave complex, and Musk said he could rescue them with a mini submarine.

But Vern Unsworth, a British cave expert involved in the rescue mission, was not impressed with the idea.

Thailand cave rescuer reviews Elon Musk’s death tube: “He can stick it where it hurts.” https://t.co/TMuOzVPwHO

In fact, when asked his thoughts on the idea in an interview with CNN, he said: "He can stick his submarine where it hurts."

He added that Musk "was asked to leave very quickly" when he visited the cave.

His comments didn't go down very well with Musk.

Twitter

Bizarrely, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO decided to hit back by calling Unsworth "pedo guy."

Twitter

The tweets didn't get a great reaction from the thousands of Twitter users glued to the exchange, and Musk later deleted them.

Then, on Tuesday, he came across an article on Quora, which attempted to explain why he might have chosen this particular word.

Quora

Musk liked the article so much that he tweeted about it.

@adamchavez As this well-written article suggests, my words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader.

Then, finally, came the apology, in which he admitted that his behavior wasn't justified.

@adamchavez Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone.

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