'I am not a child bride!' says Thai cave rescue hero's 40-year-old girlfriend, after Elon Musk called him a 'child rapist'
Musk, shortly after the famous Thailand cave rescue operation, had called Unsworth a 'pedo guy' after he called the submarine offered by the Tesla head 'a PR stunt'
The girlfriend of the famous British cave diver, who assisted in the rescue operation of 12 stranded Thai boys, reacted with outrage on Wednesday at billionaire Elon Musk, who had called the diver a "child rapist". The Tesla CEO also claimed that Vernon Unsworth married a 12-year-old child.
Unsworth's 40-year-old girlfriend Woranan Ratrawiphukkun slammed Musk's comments and said his remarks were "laughable" and added that the hero diver is a good man, with whom she has been in a relationship with for seven years.
Musk, shortly after the famous Thailand cave rescue operation, had called Unsworth a "pedo guy" after he called the submarine offered by the Tesla chief to save the stranded boys "a PR stunt".
The billionaire, again spewed slurs against the British expat, calling him a "child rapist" which left Ratrawiphukkun furious.
In his latest remarks, Musk wrote to a reporter: "I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what's actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you f****** a**hole. He's an old, single white guy from England who's been traveling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years, mostly Pattaya Beach, until moving to Chiang Rai for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time. I f****** hope he sues me."
Ratrawiphukkun, in response to Musk's comments, said that Vern is a kind person and a gentleman. "Vern is a kind person. He rarely has an argument with anyone, and everybody loves Vern," she said. "We've spent our life together for seven years — he's a good man and such a gentleman. He thinks of others before himself. I cannot comment further. I don't have anything to say to him [Musk]. I know what kind of person Vern is. If he wasn't a good man, we wouldn't still be together after all these seven years," the Daily Mail reported.
Ratrawiphukkun, who lives with Unsworth in the countryside near Chiang Rai, Thailand, also talked about the possibility of the diver suing Musk, and said: "I have no details. I'll have to wait until Vern gets here. If your husband was accused of this, would you sue?" The couple reportedly fell in love while she was working at a Thai restaurant in the UK seven years ago.
Unsworth reportedly was traveling when Musk made the slur and would get to know about it when he arrives in Thailand, according to reports.
Unsworth's sister Shirley O'Connor, while talking to MailOnline, said: "Vernon will wake up to this rubbish. He is on his way to Thailand now. He flew out last night. He has no idea about what Musk has said."
Talking about Ratrawiphukkun, she said: "I've met Woranan. She is charming. She is not a child." Unsworth's sister added that her brother was consulting his lawyers about Musk's slurs, adding: "Elon Musk's time will come."