A Texas jury on Thursday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay greater than $4 million in compensatory damages to the mother and father of a 6-year-old boy who was killed within the Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty bloodbath, marking the primary time the Infowars host has been held financially answerable for repeatedly claiming the deadliest college taking pictures in U.S. historical past was a hoax.
The Austin jury should nonetheless resolve how a lot the Infowars host should pay in punitive damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis was among the many 20 youngsters and 6 educators who have been killed within the 2012 assault in Newtown, Connecticut.
The mother and father had sought no less than $150 million in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional misery. Jones’ lawyer asked the jury to restrict damages to $8 — one greenback for every of the compensation prices they’re contemplating — and Jones himself mentioned any award over $2 million “would sink us.”
It seemingly received’t be the final judgment towards Jones over his claims that the assault was staged within the pursuits of accelerating gun controls. A Connecticut decide has dominated towards him in an analogous lawsuit introduced by different victims’ households and an FBI agent who labored on the case.
The Texas award might set a marker for different circumstances towards Jones and underlines the monetary menace he’s going through. It additionally raises new questions in regards to the skill of Infowars — which has been banned from YouTube, Spotify and Twitter for hate speech — to proceed working, though the corporate’s funds stay unclear.
Jones conceded throughout the trial that the assault was actual and that he was mistaken to have lied about it. However Heslin and Lewis instructed jurors that an apology wouldn’t suffice and known as on them to make Jones pay for the years of struggling he has put them and different Sandy Hook households by means of.
Jones’ media firm Free Speech Techniques, which is Infowars’ mum or dad firm, filed for bankruptcy throughout the two-week trial.
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