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Elon Musk’s ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial starts Tuesday

Elon Musk is going on trial Tuesday for his troublesome tweets in a defamation case pitting the billionaire against a British diver he allegedly branded a pedophile.

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Unsworth is seeking damages for suffering and emotional distress. (AP)

The Tesla CEO will be called to testify early in the case in Los Angeles federal court to explain what he meant when he called Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped underwater in a Thailand cave, “pedo guy” in a Twitter spat more than a year ago.

Musk later apologized for lashing out at Unsworth after the diver belittled Musk’s efforts to build a tiny submarine to save the trapped boys as a “PR stunt.” The tweet, widely interpreted as a reference to a pedophile, was removed by Musk, who disputed that’s what he meant.

“‘Pedo guy’ was a common insult used in South Africa when I was growing up,” Musk said in a court declaration. “It is synonymous with ‘creepy old man’ and is used to insult a person’s appearance and demeanor.”

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla’s design studio Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Unsworth’s lawyers have laughed off that explanation and said his claim was undercut by a subsequent tweet when he said, “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true” in response to a question about whether he had accused Unsworth of being a pedophile.

The lawyers also said he hired private investigators to dig up evidence Unsworth was a child molester, which they never found, according to Unsworth’s lawyers.

This is not the first time Musk’s tweets have landed him in hot water.

Musk and Tesla reached a $40 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year on allegations he misled investors with a tweet declaring he had secured financing to buy out the electric car maker. He agreed in the settlement to have future tweets about the company screened.

He was forced back into court on accusations he violated that agreement by tweeting a misleading figure about how many cars Tesla would manufacture this year. The SEC sought to hold him in contempt of court, which led to a new agreement imposing tighter controls on Musk’s tweets about the company.

The cave drama played out for more than two weeks in the summer of 2018 when the 12 boys — ages 11-16 — and their soccer coach were trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

Musk and engineers from his SpaceX rocket company custom built a mini-submarine to help with the rescue. The device was heavily publicized but never used.

Unsworth, a diver and caving expert whose advice was considered crucial in the rescue operation, said the sub would never have fit in the cave’s tight spaces. He told CNN that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Musk responded two days later with his series of tweets.

Musk claims he wasn’t making a factual statement and no one reading his tweet would take it seriously and interpret it as defamatory.

Despite removing the tweets, he later suggested in emails to the news website BuzzFeed that Unsworth was a “child rapist” and had moved to northern Thailand to take “a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time.” He provided no evidence.

Unsworth is seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress. The defense has resisted efforts to turn over financial records to show Musk’s wealth but has stipulated his net worth exceeds $20 billion.

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Elon Musk’s ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial starts Tuesday

Elon Musk is going on trial Tuesday for his troublesome tweets in a defamation case pitting the billionaire against a British diver he allegedly branded a pedophile.

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Unsworth is seeking damages for suffering and emotional distress. (AP)

The Tesla CEO will be called to testify early in the case in Los Angeles federal court to explain what he meant when he called Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped underwater in a Thailand cave, “pedo guy” in a Twitter spat more than a year ago.

Musk later apologized for lashing out at Unsworth after the diver belittled Musk’s efforts to build a tiny submarine to save the trapped boys as a “PR stunt.” The tweet, widely interpreted as a reference to a pedophile, was removed by Musk, who disputed that’s what he meant.

“‘Pedo guy’ was a common insult used in South Africa when I was growing up,” Musk said in a court declaration. “It is synonymous with ‘creepy old man’ and is used to insult a person’s appearance and demeanor.”

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla’s design studio Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Unsworth’s lawyers have laughed off that explanation and said his claim was undercut by a subsequent tweet when he said, “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true” in response to a question about whether he had accused Unsworth of being a pedophile.

The lawyers also said he hired private investigators to dig up evidence Unsworth was a child molester, which they never found, according to Unsworth’s lawyers.

This is not the first time Musk’s tweets have landed him in hot water.

Musk and Tesla reached a $40 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year on allegations he misled investors with a tweet declaring he had secured financing to buy out the electric car maker. He agreed in the settlement to have future tweets about the company screened.

He was forced back into court on accusations he violated that agreement by tweeting a misleading figure about how many cars Tesla would manufacture this year. The SEC sought to hold him in contempt of court, which led to a new agreement imposing tighter controls on Musk’s tweets about the company.

The cave drama played out for more than two weeks in the summer of 2018 when the 12 boys — ages 11-16 — and their soccer coach were trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

Musk and engineers from his SpaceX rocket company custom built a mini-submarine to help with the rescue. The device was heavily publicized but never used.

Unsworth, a diver and caving expert whose advice was considered crucial in the rescue operation, said the sub would never have fit in the cave’s tight spaces. He told CNN that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Musk responded two days later with his series of tweets.

Musk claims he wasn’t making a factual statement and no one reading his tweet would take it seriously and interpret it as defamatory.

Despite removing the tweets, he later suggested in emails to the news website BuzzFeed that Unsworth was a “child rapist” and had moved to northern Thailand to take “a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time.” He provided no evidence.

Unsworth is seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress. The defense has resisted efforts to turn over financial records to show Musk’s wealth but has stipulated his net worth exceeds $20 billion.

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Twitter community approves mashed potato artwork celebrating Tesla Cybertruck

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Twitter users this past holiday weekend had nothing but praise for a creative man who used his Thanksgiving mashed potatoes to carve out a replica of Tesla’s new Cybertruck – right down to the most exact detail, a broken window, a published report said.

Greg Milano was recorded by his brother Dan sculpting a mockup of the futuristic truck using just a butter knife at the kitchen table, the New York Post reported.

“My brother has been working on a mashed potato cybertruck for over an hour,” Dan tweeted on Thanksgiving, along with a video of Greg at work. The video has garnered nearly 4 million views.

As Greg completed his work of art, Dan provided a constant Twitter play-by-play, at one point giving his brother’s work critical acclaim, saying “Looking pretty sweet, now he’s scooping out the back,” the Tweet reported.

“The windows have been mashed, by popular request,” with another video showing the damage, the newspaper reported.

The mashed windows were in recognition of Cybertruck’s November unveiling, where a Tesla honcho smashed its “armor glass” windows with a metal ball in a bungled test.

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That comparison wasn’t lost on Twitter users, the Post reported.

“The good news is that it has less chance of spontaneous combustion or having bullets shot through its windows,” one person commented.

After the edible truck was complete, Greg lathered it with gravy and consumed it, Dan wrote.

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Tesla’s Cyberquad electric ATV isn’t really a Tesla

At the end of Tesla’s infamous Cybertruck reveal last Thursday, Elon Musk rolled out a little surprise. “We also made an ATV,” he said.

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A four-wheel electric ATV then rolled onto the stage and into the bed of the pickup, where it fit perfectly and was plugged in to an outlet that could charge it off the truck’s battery.

Musk didn’t offer any details about it, but later followed up on Twitter that a two-person electric ATV would be offered as an option for Cybertruck buyers. But what’s come to be known as the Cyberquad is likely to be very different than the one at the event.

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7 FUNKY FEATURES ON TESLA’S CYBERTRUCK

Many observers quickly deduced that under the black, polygonal bodywork was a Yamaha 700 Raptor ATV that had its internal combustion engine swapped for an electric motor, leading some to suggest it represented a collaboration between Tesla and the motorsports company.

But it doesn’t. A Yamaha spokesman told Fox News Autos “we have no affiliation with the ATV concept Tesla recently unveiled, but it’s not surprising they might take cues from Yamaha’s Raptor 700, as it’s been the best-selling sport ATV for many years now.”

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The Cyberquad wasn’t the only thing on stage that wasn’t production spec. Although neither Musk nor the reservation website have referred to it as a concept, prototype or pre-production vehicle, the Cybertruck itself is not the final product. Not only is it missing the federally-required sideview mirrors and center high mounted stop light, but Automobile magazine reported that it features a body-on-frame construction, while Tesla says the production truck was designed with an “exoskeleton” that will require new production methods to be developed in order to build it.

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Ford executive challenges Tesla Cybertruck to pickup tug of war

Ford wants a rematch.

As part of its Cybertruck debut, Tesla released a video of the pickup “beating” a Ford F-150 in a tug of war as it pulled it up a hill, but several analyses of the video suggest it wasn’t a fair fight.

The Drive points out that the Ford is an STX model equipped with a turbocharged V8 rated at 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque that appears to be operating in rear-wheel drive and is pointed downhill, which reduces the weight on its rear tires and the maximum traction they can provide.

Meanwhile, the Cybertruck prototype has larger tires with bigger contact patches and could be equipped with all-wheel drive, more powerful electric motors and more weight than the F-150, although Tesla hasn’t released the exact specifications of the vehicle used in the clip.

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Automotive News reports that Ford Vice President Sunny Madra, who heads up the company’s mobility venture arm Ford X, has challenged Elon Musk to send a Cybertruck over for an “apples to apples” test against an evenly matched F-Series truck.

It’s not clear if Madra was referring to the prototype electric F-150 Ford has demonstrated by pulling a train that weighs more than 1 million pounds.

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Elon Musk has not yet responded to the challenge, but the pinned tweet at the top of his Twitter account is a photo of the Cybertruck with the caption: “Better truck than an F-150, faster than a Porsche 911.”

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7 funky features on Tesla’s Cybertruck

The electric Tesla Cybertruck may have outlandish styling but, at heart, it’s still just a four-wheel, four-door pickup that you can read more about by clicking here.

That said, it does offer plenty of features you won’t find on many other mass-market trucks, and not just its battery pack. Here are a few of the standouts:

IT LIGHTS UP

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Along with its full-width LED headlight bar, there’s an auxiliary strip for off-road driving hidden at the top of its windshield, just below the unique peak in its roof.

IT’S MADE FROM SPACE AGE MATERIAL

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The Cybertruck’s body is constructed of thick sheets of the same 30-times-cold-rolled stainless steel used on the SpaceX Starship. Along with being scratch- and dent-resistant, Tesla claims it can withstand a 9-mm. firearm round. (Then again, it said the “Armor” windows were super strong, too.)

IT’S A YOKE

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Instead of a hoop, the Cybertruck has a steering wheel modeled after the type on an aircraft yoke with grips at 9 and 3 o’clock.

IT’S GOT WINGS

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Along with a covered bed with a trunk in the floor and a “frunk” under the hood, each of the rear roof buttresses hides storage compartments beneath butterfly doors.

YOU CAN STEP ON IT

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The powered bed cover is strong enough to walk on and fully retracts into the space between the bed and the cabin when it’s opened.

IT GETS DOWN

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The Cybertruck will come with an optional Cyberquad electric ATV that you can drive into the bed using a ramp that extends from the tailgate as the pickup’s standard air suspension system squats.

IT HAS A SIX-PACK

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Like some traditional trucks, the Cybertruck has three-across front seating thanks to a center jump seat that turns into an armrest when not in use.

IT COOKS

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Tesla will offer a camping package that includes a polygonal tent to match its styling, a raised sleeping floor for the bed, and a slide-out electric stove that runs off the battery pack.

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Is this what Tesla’s Cybertruck electric pickup looks like?

The pieces of Tesla’s Cybertruck pickup may be coming together.

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A member of the CYBRTRK Owners Club fan forum has made a composite of the two teaser images of the upcoming electric truck that have been released so far to create a picture of what it might look like when it debuts on Thursday night.

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The original teaser. (Tesla)

Melded together, the shadowy renderings appear to depict a truck with cab-forward layout and a windshield that continues to the bumper in a single plane without a traditional hood. A light bar stretches the full width of the vehicle and its tires and high ground clearance are visible underneath.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the pickup’s design was inspired by the vehicles in the film “Blade Runner” and chose November 2019 to reveal it because that’s when the movie was set. He has also said it looks like an armored personnel carrier from the future, which the CYBRTK image supports.

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(CYBRTRK Owners Club)

The forum may have previously discovered a stick drawing of the vehicle hidden in its trademarked logo, the letters of which can be moved around to create an outline of a truck that looks very much like what the teaser composite illustrates.

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The truck’s styling will be confirmed when it rolls onto the stage at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. Technical details are still secret, but Musk has said it is aimed at delivering both the pickup capabilities of a Ford F-150 and the performance of a Porsche 911 and could have a base price of $49,000 when it goes on sale, likely not before 2021.

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Father sues Tesla after teen son killed in flaming crash

The father of an 18-year-old Florida teen killed when his speeding Tesla slammed into a wall and caught fire is suing the company, saying the crash should have been “entirely survivable.”

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Police say Barrett Riley and his 18-year-old friend Edgar Monserrat died when Riley lost control of his father’s car at 116 mph in May 2018. Another friend was thrown from the car and survived.

The South Florida SunSentinel reports that James B. Riley sued Wednesday in Santa Clara County, California, where Tesla is based. Monserrat’s parents filed a similar lawsuit in January. Both blame the car’s lithium-ion battery pack, which exploded when the Tesla hit a concrete wall.

A Tesla statement earlier this year said “no car could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind.”

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Tesla claims one track record, plans to go for another

Elon Musk has claimed that Tesla has set a track record, just not the one people were expecting.

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The Model S P100D is Tesla’s highest performance car. (Tesla)

Following the reveal of the electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S last week, Musk tweeted that Tesla was sending a Model S sedan to Germany’s 13-mile-long Nurburgring race track, where a prototype for the Porsche posted the fastest lap ever in an electric sedan.

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Musk didn’t explicitly say Tesla was trying to beat the Porsche’s record, but that seemed to be the implication. In the meantime, the Model S picked up a record at a different track. Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the sedan set the fastest time for a four-door around California’s Laguna Seca.

The A Model S P100D already held the production electric sedan record around the 2.2-mile track at 1:43, but the overall mark was set last year by the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 at 1:37.54. Musk said video of the new lap, which will reveal the official time, will be posted soon.

He also gave an update on the Nurburgring effort, saying a car is being tested and tuned, but won’t go for a lap time this week. Given the length of the track, it presents a much greater challenge than Laguna Seca, especially for high-performance electric cars, which are prone to overheating and power loss.

However, Road and Track reports that someone booked a surprise 30-minute private session at the track on Sept. 21, suggesting Tesla or another automaker could be planning a record run.

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NTSB report says California Tesla driver was using Autopilot when he hit a firetruck

A government report says the driver of a Tesla that slammed into a firetruck near Los Angeles last year was using the car’s Autopilot system when a vehicle in front of him suddenly changed lanes and he didn’t have time to react.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday the driver never saw the parked firetruck and didn’t brake. Apparently the man’s 2014 Tesla Model S didn’t brake either.

The report raises further questions about the effectiveness of Tesla’s system, which was in operation before several other crashes including two fatalities in Florida and one in Silicon Valley. Tesla warns drivers that the system is not fully autonomous and drivers must be ready to intervene.

The NTSB report didn’t state a cause of the crash. The agency will issue a final report Wednesday.

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The driver in the Jan. 22, 2018 firetruck crash on Interstate 405 was not hurt. But the NTSB report says he did not have his hands on the steering wheel at the time of the crash.

The firetruck from Culver City, California, had stopped in the northbound high occupancy vehicle lane with its emergency lights flashing as it responded to another crash. The firefighters were also uninjured.

The Tesla driver, from suburban Woodland Hills, told the NTSB that he was traveling to work in Los Angeles when the crash happened. He told investigators he was looking forward with his hand rested on his knee while touching the bottom of the steering wheel.

Just before the crash, a large vehicle, an SUV or pickup truck, changed lanes in front of him, the driver told the NTSB.

“Although the driver stated that he was looking forward, he was unable to see the firetruck in time enough to avoid the crash. The driver had coffee and a bagel at the time, but he wasn’t sure if either was in his hand when the crash occurred,” according to the report.

Cellphone data showed the driver was not using his phone to talk or text in the minutes leading up to the crash.

A statement from a driver in a nearby vehicle provided by Tesla said the driver appeared to be looking down at a cellphone or other device he was holding in his left hand before the crash.

The NTSB determined in September 2017 that design limitations of the Tesla Model S Autopilot played a major role in a May 2016 fatal crash in Florida involving a vehicle operating under Autopilot. But it blamed the crash on an inattentive Tesla driver’s overreliance on technology and a truck driver who made a left turn in front of the car.

The California investigation comes as the federal government has few regulations governing autonomous vehicles and driver-assist systems that can drive a car under certain circumstances. The systems can significantly reduce crashes, but computer-driven vehicles also can make mistakes.

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