• In an e-mail to a BuzzFeed reporter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk doubled down on his attacks on Vernon Unsworth, the cave diver who played an instrumental role in the Thai cave rescue this summer.
  • He told the reporter to "stop defending child rapists," and that "I fucking hope" that he gets sued by Unsworth.
  • The e-mail was prefaced "off the record." But because BuzzFeed didn't agree to those terms before the e-mail was sent, it's free to discuss the contents of the message.

In an e-mail to a BuzzFeed News reporter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk doubled down in his attacks on Vernon Unsworth, the cave diver hailed as a hero in this summer's rescue of a youth soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand.

“Elon Musk’s continuing campaign of publishing vile and false accusations against Mr. Unsworth is inexcusable. Musk hopes to be sued and he deserves to be sued. He will be," L. Lin Wood, Unsworth's lawyer, tells Business Insider.

"You don't think it's strange he hasn't sued me? He was offered free legal services,"Musk said on Twitter, in response to criticism from user Drew Olanoff over the "pedo" tweet. It remains unclear what kind of "free legal services" he was referring to.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read the full BuzzFeed report here, including screenshots of Musk's e-mails.