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Teflon Musk Wins Again With Escape From Defamation Firestorm

  • Billionaire CEO emerges unscathed from another controversy
  • ‘Goliath wins almost every time,’ says lawyer for man who sued
Elon Musk on Dec. 3.
Elon Musk on Dec. 3.Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Even before the verdict came in Friday, Elon Musk had earned the sobriquet Teflon Man on Twitter.

Once a jury decided that he hadn’t defamed a British man by calling him a “pedo guy” in a post on the social media platform -- Musk’s favorite -- his reputation as a controversy-stirring billionaire who escapes relatively unscathed from the firestorms he creates for himself seemed to be sealed.