"I think people realise what sort of guy [Musk] is".
Some hours later, Unsworth's lawyer replied to the tweet with a picture of a letter sent to Musk informing him he would be sued for libel.
Elon Musk returned to a controversial - and some would say, counterproductive - topic Tuesday night, launching a new round of tweets implying that the cave rescuer he accused of being a paedophile might actually be one.
The tweet was in response to the user after he said it would have been "wonderful" if the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO applied his "dedication to facts and truth" when he called British diver Vern Unsworth - who helped rescue a Thailand soccer team trapped in a cave - a "pedo".
In July, Unsworth told the Guardian he was considering taking legal against Musk. Wood asked Musk to have his representation get in touch to avoid litigation. A report published by BuzzFeed News on Wednesday revealed that Unsworth has retained legal counsel and is preparing to file a civil complaint for libel.
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Officials from AfriForum welcomed Trump's tweet on Thursday, saying it would put pressure on South African authorities to act. Some noted that Trump's tweet came just days after he was accused by a former White House staffer of using the N-word.
Musk apologized for the earlier tweets and eventually took them down, but his Tuesday tweets are still up.
Musk is known for being unusually candid on Twitter compared to other CEOs, but he has become increasingly combative on the site this year, lashing out at critics and reporters and spurring questions about his judgment when using the site.
A spokesman for Tesla declined to comment on short-sellers, who are often dubbed "haters" by Musk's supporters on Twitter.
East Coast-based small business owner Paul Shust, who told Reuters he uses information posted on $TSLAQ FinTwit and has an options bets against Tesla, said he was so upset by Musk's August 7 tweet that he wrote to SEC Commissioner Kara Stein that day, according to an email seen by Reuters.
The SEC already had been investigating whether Musk's vehicle production forecasts may have misled investors before the regulator started scrutinizing whether he had secured funding for a Tesla buyout, Bloomberg News reported on August 9.
To keep tabs on Tesla inventory, @Latrilife monitors California lots where he said Tesla cars are kept before being shipped to distribution centers and posts the footage on Twitter.