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Vernon Unsworth reacts after losing lawsuit against Elon Musk
Vernon Unsworth and his lawyer speak outside court after losing a lawsuit against Elon Musk.

Diver left 'humiliated, ashamed and dirtied' by Musk tweet

British diver Vernon Unsworth
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British diver Vernon Unsworth is suing Elon Musk for defamation

Vernon Unsworth, the British diver who is suing Elon Musk for defamation, has told a court that a tweet by the Tesla boss calling him "pedo guy" left him feeling "raw, humiliated, ashamed and dirtied".

Mr Unsworth, who helped rescue a group of boys trapped in a cave in Thailand, said that following Mr Musk's tweet he finds it hard to even read the word "paedophile".

He added that it was a "life sentence without parole".

Mr Musk claimed he only wanted to insult Mr Unsworth and not accuse him of a crime.