Towards the end of the lunch break, a courier arrived with two boxes of advil in front of the courtroom. The delivery was received by the defense team of Elon Musk. The courier asked for a name and the name of Michael Lifrak was given. In fact, he had received the delivery, but had immediately returned to the lawyer's clubhouse, where defense lawyers discussed their strategy.
For most of the day, they cross-examined Vernon Unsworth, who brought her the defamation suit of Bill Price, a lawyer for Musk. Partly because of the style in which testimony has to be taken, it was exhausting. I could hardly blame anyone for using headache medications. After a long discussion about Unsworth's prizes and awards, his media options, what money he'd expected, and when he separated from his wife, we were all pretty tired.
No Excuse Pending
After Unsworth helped rescue a boy football team and their coach from a cave system in Thailand, he gave CNN an interview. He was asked about Musk, who had worked with a team of SpaceX engineers to build a minisub to run the boys on, as a sort of Plan B. Unsworth dismissed the minisub and said it was a "PR -Stunt "and Musk could stay where it hurts. "
" I did not attack Elon Musk, "Unsworth said. Then we all looked at the CNN video again in case anyone forgot it yesterday and the day before when we looked at it.
Price focused on the PR stunt portion of the interview. To put it bluntly, it was not just Unsworth's voice at the time to voice that opinion, even though Musk testified earlier that he found Unsworth's interview particularly offensive. Price asked if "PR stunt" should tell Musk not try to help the children. Yes, said Unsworth.
"Do not you find that offensive?" Asked Price.
"My offense was the tube, not Mr. Musk personally," said Unsworth. "At the time, I thought it was a PR stunt."
It would be quite "cold-hearted" to do this as a PR stunt instead of helping those kids, Price suggested. Unsworth said he did not think Musk was cold-hearted, but that it was a public relations stunt. Next, Price asked if Unsworth, after his time in the courtroom and after seeing the evidence of Musk's involvement in the rescue, was willing to apologize for the remark "PR stunt."
"In my opinion, it's a public relations stunt," Unsworth said. So Unsworth was not ready to apologize to Musk? Unsworth said he was "not sure how to apologize."
Price went over to some of the details of the rescue we had previously heard elsewhere. There was no guarantee that the process of rescuing the children and their trainer would be successful. it had never been tried. For Unsworth, however, this was the only plan.
SpaceX engineers had been on-site, and Unsworth had even briefly hit one. The engineer Unsworth had met was indeed looking for another entrance to the cave. Price asked if that was a PR stunt. "I did not know what [the engineer] was for," Unsworth said. Unsworth was not even sure he had spoken face-to-face with the engineer, and Price raised Unsworth's statement that he had met the engineer for less than five minutes.
We then went through the various issues in detail People were worried about the ultimately successful rescue plan, which I will spare you because it was very boring. We had earlier witnessed that the Minisub was being built as a Plan B plan. After all, Price Unsworth asked if he still thought Musk's efforts were a public relations stunt. "It is, yes," said Unsworth.
A Productive Copywriter
We then went to the "asked to go very fast" section of the CNN interview, which was a statement ̵
Price said that then Unsworth had investigated against Musk after the lawsuit was filed. Text messages were raised – Unsworth does not tweet, but seems to be a prolific copywriter – in which one of Unsworth's friends told him that a Thai official had gone to the cave with Musk and they were there for at least an hour.
Price asked if Unsworth had said anything about emotional stress in his lyrics. "I do not remember," Unsworth said. For a few minutes, Unsworth looked to read at least a hundred pages of his own text to answer the question, which increased the likelihood that I would extend my hotel stay, change my flight, and apologize to my friend he has canceled our dinner reservation this weekend. Fortunately, Unsworth lawyer L. Lin Wood noted that the lyrics contained no hint of emotional grief.
Then we heard that Unsworth had spent a lot of time with lawyers. How long? "Maybe days, many hours." Price asked if Unsworth had met with a jury advisor, a question that Wood objected to. The appeal was upheld.
Then we were shown a video clip of Unsworth, in which he felt before being hired by lawyers to be called a pedophile. "No further comments on him [Musk] but I think people realize what kind of a guy he is," Unsworth said in the video. He also said he was considering legal action. Price asked if the statement "People recognize what type he is" meant that Unsworth knew it was an insult and nobody would believe that Unsworth was a pedophile. Unsworth said he just expressed what he thought about musk.
There was then a long and tedious study of the various awards Unsworth had received in detail in both the United Kingdom and Thailand. Photos of Unsworth were shown, smiling while being honored. "Nothing that Mr. Musk has tweeted is an honor in the way," Price said. Unsworth pointed out that he did not know which awards he had not received.
Then it was inexplicably time to discuss Unsworth's publicly available Instagram account. It was at least partially public because Unsworth said he did not understand the platform. In any case, the court was shown a photo of Unsworth's back with red strokes, which apparently means "not for the faint of heart". I think that should be Unsworth as a bouncer, but for me, this indicated above all that Price was not so familiar with Instagram. (Just as the dot posts on Twitter without becoming the main character, the dot shows up on Instagram.)
The next question Price posed was whether Unsworth had claimed the risk of his life the rescue. "I did not claim to physically risk my life," Unsworth said. According to Price, someone is said to have been Unsworth's agent.
Price then went back to the lyrics of Unsworth. First, we saw one in which Unsworth said he told film companies to get angry because they had not offered him money for interviews. Then we saw a text in which Unsworth called the Thai Navy Seals "kwai," a Thai word that literally means "buffalo," but there was some confusion about the colloquial meaning of the word. It seems to be an insult.
We returned to the agent. According to Unsworth, he had an informal agreement with someone, but it took "weeks." That agreement ended when Unsworth saw the contract and decided that it would be too cumbersome, he said. The two remained friends. Price tried to find that the Maybe agent was still Unsworth's agent and had recently sent him a pitch to correct it. Unsworth said he thought he was helping his friend's business. In any case, he had not finished adding comments.
Price asked if Unsworth thought he would not tell his story in vain. Unworth said the interest in the cave rescue had seriously diminished and it was unlikely that he was involved in anything. "It has become very quiet," he said. Price then showed some of Unsworth's exchanges denigrating other media companies that had gone without him.
Perhaps this is proof of the greed of Unsworth; For me it just seemed to be a shit conversation. From a book: "This book will fall flat on your head" because Unsworth did not talk about it and a committee that approved the performances of the football teams had not approved theirs. "What I do not like about it is that everyone is trying to do business that does not work, I'm the KEY, I'm the big part of the puzzle."
The Possibility agent also said in an e-mail, Unsworth suspected that this might not have been correct. "Are you suggesting that agents could exaggerate?" asked Price in Los Angeles, a city full of agents who exaggerate. Agent acted on behalf of Unsworth in an e-mail correspondence, including The Guardian .
Unsworth participated in three books and two documentary films for a total of $ 3,000 in compensation, which Price as Approximately 10 percent of Unsworth's annual income was characterized (the income "varies," according to Unsworth, but is £ 25,000, which is approximately $ 33,000.) He also became a member of the British Club Bangkok, the apparently prestigious, and gave a lecture there.
Price characterizes a video as a "movie trailer"; Unsworth denied this. Unsworth explained that parts of the cave had been blocked by silt and the part the boys were in had been blocked. He and his friends spent four hours digging through the mud and then headed off to where the boys had been found. The video had been shot on GoPros, which wore the group, and a friend had turned it into a small movie. Unsworth had been considered a director and producer as a kind of joke.
After this was over, Wood got up to determine that Rick Stanton, the head of the rescue dive team, had corresponded with Musk and testified on behalf of Unsworth, had also received offers. We had a lunch break.
There was more talk about Unsworth calling an excerpt from what Price described as a "documentary," and a group discussion with people from SK Global, a production company that had signed a contract with Netflix, told. Another chat hinted that Unsworth had been approached by another production company and turned down the opportunity. Price was clearly trying to determine that Unsworth had not lost any wages with the tweet "pedo guy," but Unsworth said he did not know if he had lost opportunities.
We went to the British Empire Order and discovered that Unsworth had signed at least one email titled "Vern, MBE". It featured a photograph of Unsworth praised by Prince William at the Investiture and another by Unsworth who smiled with the medal award.
"Have you ever told anyone that Musk should get out his big checkbook?" Price asked. Unsworth can not remember. He also can not remember if he ever told friends he was complaining in Thailand and getting a lot of money.
Also discussed was the wife of Unsworth, Vanessa Unsworth, whom I will call disambiguation by her first name. The two married in 1993 and are still married. They separated in March 2013; Unsworth met his current companion, Tik, in 2011. His first time in Thailand was in 2011 when he left with Tik – he had told Vanessa that he would go to the cave, and Vanessa later learned about Tik. Since 2013 Unsworth said he had seen Vanessa once in person. Even his daughter does not speak to him anymore, he said. He sends her cards and presents. "I still love my daughter."
Price asked if Unsworth lost weight or consulted a doctor during his breakup with Vanessa. Unsworth does not remember. Price asks if Unsworth has seen doctors or given medication after Musk's tweets. Unsworth says no – he avoids medications, even headache medications.
What did Prince William say?
Wood rose for the detour, and I'm describing the craziest part of the day. Unsworth said when Prince William awarded the MBE, he suddenly mentioned the situation with Musk. "He said to me -" Unsworth starts before being cut off from an appeal. I love gossip and sincerely hope that I do not have to go to my grave without finding out what Prince William had to say about Musk.
Unsworth had never been involved in a lawsuit in any way. Wood tried to ask him a series of questions about how difficult the cross-examination had been and received several objections, all of which were upheld.
As for Vanessa, the marriage was actually over in 2006 or 2007, as she would later do testify in her video deposition played for the court. Unsworth said Vanessa learned about Tik in 2011 and Unsworth and Vanessa moved to separate homes in 2013. His daughter stopped talking to him in 2015.
There are some statements about the Thai seal that died during the rescue in the cave, the meaning of which I do not quite understand; According to Unsworth, the divers of the British team were better equipped to take the rescue. There is a certain amount of conversation between the lawyers I do not understand that causes Mr. Stephen Wilson to point out that "the exchange between the lawyers is starting to worry me. Do not talk to each other. Talk only to me or the witness.
After the relationship with Unsworth's mayor agent ended, Unsworth no longer hired an agent, stating that if a group asks him to travel to speak, he expects them to pay his travel expenses. Wood then displays all of the photos Price has taken and asks if the photo took everything into Unsworth's mind when it was taken in. It was not always so.
There was a crossover of the Thai Navy Seals and the circumstances that led to death. (The deceased ran out of oxygen, as Wood states on the detour.) Eventually, Unsworth resigned.
Some technical difficulties
The court tried Jim Jansen, an expert of the plaintiff Jansen could not get to the witness stand. "Was the door locked again?" Judge Wilson asked, turning to the courtroom. "Sorry, this is a brand new dish Your taxpayers' money at work. "One of the judge's assistants in a gray suit approached the bench and clumsily climbed into the witness stand to try to open it from the inside, but was unsuccessful, then crawled back to the general gaiety of the court, and we made a five-minute walk Pause.
After the witness status situation was clarified, Jansen stated in detail that he had a one-year term at Penn State and published a book at Cambridge University Press that he reported. We are very respected because it is very old He co-authored three more books and spent 112 hours collecting and validating data for his testimony, for which he received $ 400 an hour – or $ 44,800, and is currently working as an adjunct with Penn State The main task is that of an independent research institute, which he does not name.
The plaintiff's lawyer, Nicole Wade, tries to get a number of proofs from Jansen, including five complete volumes of articles that Jansen has found. The judge does not allow most of it, and instead asks her to witness from her witness. Jansen found 490 articles in English on Musk's "pedo guy" tweet on 361 sites from 33 countries, 445 from July 15 to September 3, 2018. (Articles like this one on the litigation were excluded from his search.) It was pretty limited testimony, and the cross-examination was limited to what Jansen did not do, so I'll skip it.
Then we saw excerpts from Vanessa's deposition. She said that Unsworth was in Thailand only in 2011 and had traveled there to do caving. She later learned from Tik and Unsworth was honest when she asked directly, though he had not received the information he saw on anyone else. Unsworth pays her bills, and it does not seem to matter to her to get more money from him.
As a result of Musk's tweets, she said she had been contacted by journalists who knocked on the door of her house, slipped notes under her door and called her home and at work. She had talked to Unsworth on the phone and said he was "really devastated."
Vanessa testified that Unsworth occasionally offended people, "usually when it is justified." a 10-point scale, with 10 being rude at most. She said that when she and Unsworth split up, Unsworth went to see a doctor. Thus the plaintiff was rested.
Since the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff, the defense did not call anyone. I can not understand for all my life why no one called a linguist to testify about the nature of insults.
The jury was pardoned 15 minutes early, but Judge Wilson had the lawyers discuss the jury's final statements and instructions. Another lawyer from Musk Melody Thompson made a final spurt to the jury and decided the case for legal reasons. Judge Wilson refused.
We will hear final arguments tomorrow at 9:00 pm PT.