SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly scheduled to take the stand in a Los Angeles federal courtroom this week. Musk has been known to drag his companies into legal trouble—taking a hit of a blunt during a videotaped interview while running a major government contractor or violating securities rules by tweet. This time, though, Musk himself is on trial, defending a claim that he defamed a British man living in Thailand by calling him a pedophile.
The trial, set to begin Tuesday, is the latest of a weird series of events that began in July 2018, when a youth soccer team and their coach became stranded in flooded caves in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. The story quickly captured the attention of the world media, and of Musk, who very publicly tasked a team of SpaceX and Tesla engineers with building a child-size submarine to help extract the soccer team from the caves.