Alex Jones has been hawking conspiracy theories to an audience of millions for years with his trademark loud, gravelly voice.
Falsehoods about Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were murdered in a scheme to confiscate American citizens’ guns, were among the most combustible of his many lies.xx
For over $50 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the parents of the youngster who died during the attack, a Texas jury decided after a two-week defamation trial full of twists and turns that Jones must pay nearly £41 million (€41 million).
Jones’ Text Messages were Mistakenly Sent To The Opposite Side
Jones was noticeably taken aback when it was revealed that his lawyer had provided Mark Bankston, a lawyer representing the parents, with two years’ worth of possibly incriminating text conversations from Jones’ phone. Jones, according to Mr. Bankston, had texted about Sandy Hook, which was in direct conflict with his evidence at trial that he hadn’t addressed the shooting in any private correspondence. According to Jones, this was the reason why he had failed to furnish the court with his phone records.
Mr. Bankston was impelled to ask Jones, “Do you understand what perjury is?”
Jones’ text messages have been demanded by the congressional committee investigating the Capitol riot, which Mr. Bankston said he would provide up to the committee unless the judge intervenes. On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, resulting in violence. The committee had demanded papers and deposition from Jones regarding his role in the riot.
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Alex Jones Bankruptcy Claims Challenged
Mr. Bankston said Jones’ texts proved that in 2018, his companies were still making over $800,000 per day, challenging his bankruptcy claims. Jones received the material through an email from an Infowars employee, despite his earlier testimony that he never used email.
A number of questions were posed to Alex Jones regarding the validity of the things he sells to consumers, including diet supplements, health and wellness products, gun paraphernalia, and survivalist gear. Jones admitted in court that the US Food and Drug Administration had not approved any of the vitamin supplements offered in the Infowars store (FDA).
Because his supplements did not have FDA certification, he claimed they had gone through extensive testing and were “the best on the market” when questioned about it. On his show during the Covid-19 pandemic, Jones erroneously stated that some of his goods, including a “super silver whitening toothpaste” and a “super blue silver immune gargle,” could stop or treat Covid, leading to an FDA warning letter to him and Infowars.
Pettingill testified Friday that Jones’ enterprises were worth somewhere between $135 million and $270 million, a charge that Jones and his defense team refute.
Victim’s Mother Rebukes Jones
“The children who died at the elementary school were real,” she insisted. She also said that Jones’ assertions had resulted in “hell” for the past decade.
A witness for Alex Jones side is Sandy Hook victim’s mother Scarlett Lewis.
At the trial, Jones admitted that the Sandy Hook shooting was “100 percent real” and apologized for “hurting these people’s feelings.”
When Mrs. Lewis looked directly at Jones, he shook his head. “I know you believe me, yet you’re going to leave this courthouse and you’re going to say it again on your show,” she added.
Neil Heslin, the father of both Ms. Lewis and Jesse Heslin, is suing Jones for at least $150 million in damages.
Alex Jones Clashes With Judge
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble had several tense exchanges with Jones during the trial, reminding him at one point that he had to tell the truth under oath. “It seems absurd to instruct you again that you must tell the truth while you testify… This is not your show,” Ms Gamble said. On another occasion, she told Jones to spit out a piece of gum. Jones denied he was chewing any gum, saying that he was sticking his tongue into a gap where he had had a tooth removed.
“Would you like me to show you?” Jones asked the judge, prompting her to respond: “I don’t want to see the inside of your mouth.” During the proceedings, Mr. Bankston asked Jones if he had shown pictures of the judge “on fire” on his show, which Jones denied, resulting in the lawyer putting up a picture broadcast on Jones’ show which depicted Ms. Gamble in flames alongside Lady Liberty.
Jones’ claims about the jury were also brought up by the parents’ defense team.
The footage was played of Jones saying on his show that the jury was made up of “extremely blue collar folks”, adding that “half that jury panel does not know who I am”.
Someone told me yesterday that Wil Wheaton is two years OLDER than Alex Jones and I've been in a spiral questioning all of reality since. pic.twitter.com/dRrqAejaKd
— Cezary Jan Strusiewicz (@ostrichson) August 8, 2022