Alex Jones Will Pay Sandy Hook Family $4.1 Million After Spreading Lies About Gun Massacre, Jury Says

A Texas jury ordered fringe media outlet Infowars founder Alex Jones to pay $4.1 million to the parents of a 6-year-old who was murdered in a 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School , because he denied that the shooting was real and accused the child’s parents of involvement in government fraud. He is potentially facing damages of millions and defamation.

Jones claimed the Sandy Hook shooting – in which 20 children and six adults were killed – was a “huge hoax” perpetrated by “crisis actors” and that “no one died” in the massacre. He was sued for defamation by the child’s parents, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, after they accused him of being part of the government’s “false flag” operation for a fake shooting in Newtown, Conn. It is used to arouse public opinion in favor of the gun. control.

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In addition to the $4.1 million in compensatory damages awarded to the parents, a Texas jury is set to determine punitive damages on Friday. Jones also faces judgment in two other cases in which the parents of Sandy Hook victims sued last year by default after failing to comply with court orders for documents and testimony after losing their trial. was.

In a statement, Mark Bankston, the attorney representing the parents, said that his clients are “thrilled with the outcome and look forward to putting Mr. Jones’ money to good use. Mr. Jones, on the other hand, is resting tonight.” Will not sleep. With punitive damages yet to be decided and with several additional defamation lawsuits pending, it is clear that Mr. Jones’ time on the American stage is finally coming to an end.”

Meanwhile, Jones called the decision “a huge victory for the truth” in a video posted to Infowars on Thursday. That’s because, according to far-fetched figures, the jury awarded damages far less than the $150 million the couple sought in the suit. “They thought they would shut us down. But that jury understood the truth and opposed the propaganda,” Jones said. He urged his followers to buy products — such as T-shirts, books and dietary supplements — from his website. did, he claimed that his company needed financial support to continue operating because “we are so broken.”

Last week, Free Speech Systems filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, revealing that the owners of Infowars have withdrawn more than $62 million from the business. According to court documents, Jones and Free Speech Systems have spent more than $15 million in legal fees and costs on the Sandy Hook lawsuits.

During the Texas trial, Jones’ attorneys mistakenly sent her mobile phone records—which Jones denied—to the family’s legal counsel, Bankston. (The judge in the case declined a request by Jones’ attorneys to declare a wrongful trial over his error.) Bankston later said that a January 6 House Select Committee probing the pro-Trump attack on the US Capitol had called for Jones’ had requested phone records and that he was ready to reverse them.

Jones, 48, is “almost certainly the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 2018, YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Apple Podcasts banned Jones from their platforms, citing violations of their hate speech policies.

In addition to his damning lies about Sandy Hook, Jones has denied that Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, saying in December of that year, “We are the diabolical pedophiles, the globalist New World Order and his running. Wally will never turn back from a dead reborn corpse. Joe Biden, and we will never recognize him.” He has also accused the US government of plotting the 9/11 attacks; called “left-wing Jews” by “dress”. want to create conflict[ing] up as Nazis”; and falsely called President Obama “al-Qaeda.”

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