Musk has since deleted this tweet, along with the subsequent comment, and issued an apology.
According to The Verge, Musk said in the YouTube interview that he hoped to scale production at Tesla and lower their design and technology costs enough to be able to offer a truly mass-market electric vehicle.
Musk has described the infamous privatization tweet - including his assurance that funding for going private was secured - as an attempt to be transparent. Tesla is reportedly asking for deposits of around £38,000, while the list price of the vehicle is set to start at £151,000 - although those figures are based on the announced USA pricing of the auto, no United Kingdom numbers have been confirmed yet.
In a July tweetstorm, the Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO labeled Vernon Unsworth, a diver who helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave, a "pedo guy", after Unsworth criticized a submarine rescue plan the billionaire had proposed. "If your husband was accused of this, would you sue?"
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement to the Guardian Tuesday, Unsworth's lawyer said Musk's "false accusations" were "inexcusable". Musk hopes to be sued and he deserves to be sued.
CNN wasn't able to independently verify the authenticity of the emails reported by Buzzfeed. However, as much as the idea to privatize Tesla was appealing, Musk and the Tesla'a management realized that "the better path is for Tesla to remain public". "I started to doubt whether I was also stuck in the cave", he said.
"And with an ever more competitive electric-vehicle landscape - with more vehicles set to be released soon - customers might opt for a BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, or even a traditional carbon-burning option".
Their plight inspired Tham Luang's Incredible Mission: The Global Agenda, the exhibition which documents the rescue operation.
Normally such a major announcement - taking a huge company private - would be explained in detail beforehand to regulators.
"The tweeting fiasco", Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne wrote to clients, "is likely to draw investor scrutiny on whether Elon's behavior, management style, and operational ability are enough to take Tesla to the next level".
Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company.
Goldman Sachs has warned that intensifying competition on the EV market plus Tesla's high debt load would make life for the company more hard in the future, CNN reports, citing an update from the investment bank on Tesla, in which Goldman reiterated its "sell" rating on the company's stock and set a US$210 price target.
In other Tesla news, Director Kimbal Musk sold 1,875 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 2nd.
"This past year has been the most hard and painful year of my career", he said during the interview.