Dec 6, 2019 - Energy & Environment

Elon Musk found not guilty in defamation lawsuit

Elon Musk in court in Los Angeles. Photo: Apu Gomes/Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk prevailed in a jury trial on Friday over whether his tweets calling a cave expert a "pedo guy" constitute defamation, and he will not be held liable for damages, according to multiple media reports.

Why it matters: Musk is no stranger to getting into trouble for his tweeting habits. Earlier this year, he and Tesla had to pay $20 million settlement each to the Securities and Exchange Commission after he wrote false claims about Tesla financing.

What he's saying:

“My faith in humanity is restored.”
— Elon Musk, walking out of the court room

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