Every Time A Common Man Stood Up Against Elon Musk, Trump, Kohli
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For all his fame and money, Elon Musk is now trying to wriggle out of a defamation lawsuit filed by British diver Vernon Unsworth. The Tesla CEO had called him a ‘pedo guy’ in a tweet. A look at other times an average Joe went up against a famous name.
In 2005, during an NBA match between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant ran into the crowd while chasing down a loose ball. He collided with Bill Geeslin, an insurance agent, who was sitting courtside. Geeslin alleged “intentional forearming” by Bryant, which allegedly left him with a bruised lung cavity. Geeslin died two months after he deposed and his family sued Bryant for assault, battery and outrageous conduct for “an amount exceeding $75,000”. Bryant reached an out-ofcourt settlement in 2012.
In October 2016, a lawsuit was filed in the San Jose District Court by a former employee of Yahoo alleging that CEO Marissa Mayer led a secret campaign to purge the company of male employees.
The lawsuit states that “Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of [an employee performancerating system] to accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees”.
A Yahoo spokesperson said that the lawsuit had no merit and the case was dismissed in March 2018. (Image: Reuters)
In 2018, Indian skipper Virat Kohli and wife Anushka Sharma posted a video on social media, in which Sharma is seen schooling a man sitting in a car not to litter on the road. The man, Arhan Singh, sued the couple for shaming him on social media. The video itself received mixed reactions, with some calling Sharma rude and others, like politician Kiren Rijiju, showing support for the cause of cleanliness.
In May this year, Tiger Woods was named in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a former employee at his Florida restaurant. The parents of Nicholas Immesberger, who worked as a bartender at the restaurant, claimed that the 24-year-old had a blood alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit when he crashed his car on December 2018. The family’s charges said that on the day of his death, Immesberger was overserved for over three hours despite the knowledge that he had a problem with alcohol. A month later, Woods’s name was dropped from the lawsuit. (Image: AP)
In 2017, Summer Zervos filed a defamation suit against President Donald Trump. Zervos was a contestant on The Apprentice, which aired in 2006. Zervos said that she contacted Trump in 2007 for employment and upon meeting him was subjected to aggressive and non-consensual sexual behaviour. Trump denied the claims and said that Zervos was lying. In March, a New York appeals court rejected Trump’s argument that he is immune from state lawsuits and said that Zervos can proceed with her defamation lawsuit. Trump has been ordered to give a pretrial deposition before October 31. (Image: AP)