Tesla shares fall after CEO Musk abuses British caver

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(TSLA), as it tries to prove that it can sustain production levels for its first mass market vehicle, its outspoken CEO and founder Elon Musk continues to burn bridges with public regulators, analysts, journalists, former employees and now a British diver involved in the recent celebrated rescue of a Thai soccer team.

In a freaky series of tweets on Sunday, Musk said he would produce a video proving his submarine would have been able to reach the children and in a comment directed at Unsworth, added: "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it".

Asked in a CNN interview about what Musk did exactly, Unsworth, sounding annoyed, said that the submarine was a "PR stunt" and that the billionaire CEO did nothing to help. "And so essentially if you attack me, it is therefore OK for me to attack back", Musk said. "The "billionaire" label, when used by media, is nearly always meant to devalue and denigrate the subject", he tweeted.

In addition to threats from the diver to sue Musk for his remark, the event also saw Tesla's shares drop by 3.5% on Monday morning.

Representatives for Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The British diver reportedly helped recruit top global cave rescue experts for the mission as well.

Mr Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research, who has always been bullish on Tesla, said the latest dust-ups involving Mr Musk only show "he is human", and do not detract from his quality as a great innovator. When analysts asked about capital requirements and reservations for its Model 3 cars, Musk cut them off and chided them for "boring, bonehead questions". The submarine, I believe, was about five-foot-six long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles.

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Elon Musk makes unfounded accusation against Thai cave rescuer

Musk responded by saying Osatanakorn was "not the subject matter expert" and that he had been "inaccurately described as rescue chief" and should have been labeled the "former Thai provincial governor".

Claus Rasmussen, a Danish national and instructor at Blue Label diving in Phuket, called the allegations "inappropriate" and praised Unsworth's role in the rescue. In a second tweet, Musk said he bet the claim was true.

Musk has for years said he is proudly, aggressively unfocused - a billionaire known for his visionary ventures in electric cars, underground supertrains, artificial intelligence and space travel.

Musk gave no evidence for alleging Unsworth was a pedophile.

Mr Musk did not back down when challenged. "I haven't decided what to do next yet", Vern Unsworth told Reuters in Mae Sai town in Chiang Rai province, about 2 miles from the cave where the boys and their coach were trapped for 18 days. In that and another tweet, Musk made his claim about Unsworth. "This thing is unraveling", Gordon Johnson, managing director of research firm Vertical Group, told the Washington Post on Monday, referring to Tesla and Musk's short temper.

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