Rather than responding to a media inquiry on the possible libel suit, Musk lashed out at BuzzFeed News when the outlet asked for comment. That's it. There were no tears.
While Tesla shares spiked the day of Musk's August 7 tweet, they have since fallen around 9 percent as concerns grow over Musk's leadership. The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against the electric-car maker, accusing it of violating USA labor laws when Elon Musk tweeted a suggestion in May that employees would lose their stock options if they unionized.
Wood, Unsworth's attorney, said via email that his firm is "representing Mr. Unsworth pursuant to a written engagement agreement and are not providing services pro bono".
This sparked an exchange with fellow entrepreneur Drew Olanoff, who said: "Your dedication to facts and truth would have been wonderful if applied to that time you called someone a pedo". This level of punishment often stings much more than any fine, which is why most companies aggressively resist it in settlement negotiations with the regulator.
But everything was reignited on Tuesday, when ― after saying he totally, definitely, for sure didn't cry during a recent New York Times interview ― Musk further attacked Unsworth, suggesting it was true that he's a pedophile because he hadn't tried to sue. The company's chairman and biggest shareholder deactivated his Instagram account last week.
Google rejects Trump claim of political search 'bias'
The newspaper also pointed out that " Google search results are affected not only by region but also by personal search history". As other reporters noted, the top news result this morning listed under a Google search for "Trump News" was from Fox News .
Mr Musk, however, has denied his use of the app was a distraction.
"If someone has engaged in a course of behaviour for some time, it's usually hard to change", Elson said.
"I am in the process of preparing a civil complaint for libel against you", the note reads. The SEC has not commented on Musk's tweets.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., unveils the companyís newest products, Powerwall and Powerpack in Hawthorne, Calif., Thursday, April 30, 2015. Earlier his week, Tesla won a dismissal of a securities fraud lawsuit over the company's progress in the production of the Model 3.
"A lot of the people in this bear community for Tesla are just ordinary folks", said @Latrilife, a Twitter user and small business owner who said he has a bearish options position.
-With assistance from Dana Hull.