A jury ruled on Friday that Elon Musk is not guilty of defaming Vernon Unsworth, a British diver who took part in the 2018 rescue operation that freed 12 boys on a soccer team and their coach after they became trapped inside a cave in Thailand .
"My faith in humanity is restored," Musk said after the verdict was announced, Buzzfeed's Ryan Mac reported .
Mac described Unsworth's expression as "stone faced."
Unsworth sued Musk in 2018, accusing him of defamation after the Tesla and SpaceX CEO called him a "pedo guy" on Twitter. (Musk later apologized to Unsworth and deleted the tweet.)
Musk had delivered his insult to Unsworth when the diver criticized him days after the successful rescue operation ended. Unsworth called Musk's "minisub" that he had sent to the rescue operation a "PR stunt" and said Musk "can stick his submarine where it hurts."
Lawyers for Unsworth argued that the term "pedo guy" was widely interpreted as Musk suggesting the diver was a pedophile. Musk denied that assertion, saying the phrase is a common expression in South Africa, where he was born.
The case put front and center the potential consequences of public musings from an outsize figure like Musk and the effects those statements can have on a private citizen who happened to cross him.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.