A United States judge on Friday said Elon Musk must face a defamation lawsuit by a British diver who said he was falsely branded a paedophile and child rapist by the chief executive of electric auto company Tesla Inc. In calling for the trial, Judge Wilson said a jury would not "necessarily" see Musk's comments as factual, pointing to an email the CEO sent to a BuzzFeed reporter that meant to prompt an investigation into Unsworth and said to, "stop defending child rapists", continuing the idea the British man was involved in unverified crimes.More news: Canada’s labour market surprises with biggest one month gain since 1976
"Considering the totality of the circumstances - including the general context of defendant's statements, the specific context of the statements, and the statements' susceptibility of being proved true or false - a reasonable factfinder could easily conclude that defendant's statements, as pleaded in the complaint, implied assertions of objective fact", Wilson wrote.
Responding in a series of tweets, Mr Musk elaborated on how the submarine might work and referred to Mr Unsworth as "pedo guy". Unsworth called Musk's apparent involvement with the effort a "PR stunt" and claimed the billionaire's divisive miniature submarine concept had "absolutely no chance of working".More news: Plastic waste pact approved with US among few holdouts：The Asahi Shimbun
Unsworth is seeking more than $75,000 in damages from Musk, a multibillionaire.
In seeking a dismissal, Mr Musk's lawyers argued the comments were "imaginative" or "over-the-top" insults in the heat of the moment that were protected under the US First Amendment. He also said at the time, that he wants to sue Musk in the courts of Great Britain and the US.More news: Stepdad held over missing Houston child Maleah Davis