I don't see it as TPS. I think if anyone publicly called the diver a pedo they'd get hammered. In fact the rich guy can get away with it because his money makes him legally invulnerable.
Musk acted like a big baby when nobody was interested in his sub. He couldn't let it go and kept going on about it until one of the divers got fed up to the point of telling him where to stick it. At that point Musk used his lofty platform to make possibly the most egregious smear possible about the diver.
His subsequent "apology" was slow in coming and seemed insincere and couched in self justification. I used to think Musk was a bit of a hero. No longer.
What if the comments were exactly reversed?