In a recent interview, billionaire business magnate, investor and engineer Elon Musk, perhaps best known for his electric car company Tesla, harshly criticized his father, Errol Musk, who later defended himself against his son’s remarks.

During the interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, the younger Musk said of his father, “He was such a terrible human being, you have no idea.” Musk was reportedly in tears during the interview.

“My dad will have a carefully thought-out plan of evil. He will plan evil. Almost every crime you can possibly think of, he has done. Almost every evil thing you could possibly think of, he has done. It’s so terrible, you can’t believe it,” Elon Musk said.

The Daily Mail reported: It is hardly surprising, then, that the two men haven’t spoken for the past 18 months – not even ten months ago when 72-year-old Errol surprised his grown-up children by fathering a boy with his much younger new wife.

Throughout this turbulence, and despite his son’s international fame, Errol has maintained a dignified silence. Until now. For when he invited The Mail on Sunday into his elegant home overlooking a wide sweep of the rocky coast in South Africa’s Western Cape, he had some choice words about their incendiary feud – and made a shocking revelation of his own: he was once charged with manslaughter for shooting dead three men who broke into his home.

He was subsequently acquitted, after pleading self-defence. But it is an episode he speculates may be the reason for Elon’s cruel words.

“Elon needs to grow up,” he says now. “He needs to get over himself. I’m not going to hit back. I’m going to wait until he comes to his senses. He’s having a tantrum, like a spoilt child. He can’t have what he wants and now I am apparently an evil monster.”

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