A Texas jury has awarded $45.2 million to the parents of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre on Friday, damages that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will have to pay to continually call the mass shooting “a hoax.”
The punitive damages are on top of the $4.1 million in compensatory damages Jones was ordered to pay the parents a day earlier – the first time he has been held financially responsible for his lies about the Newtown Massacre, Connecticut, Axios reported.
The total — $49.3 million — is lower than the $145.9 million in punitive damages and $150 million in compensatory damages sought by Neil Heslin and scarlet lewiswhose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was killed at school, according to Reuters.
Parent’s Advocate said Friday: “Arrest Alex Jones. Stop monetizing misinformation and lies. In response, Jones’ attorney said Jones repeatedly apologized and offered to host the parents on his show.
The Connecticut State’s Attorney’s 48-page report on the massacre does not reveal why, on December 14, 201220 years Adam Lanza shot his mother in her bed before going to school where he murdered 20 first graders and six adults before committing suicide.
For years, the Infowars host falsely claimed the shooting was a “giant hoax” plotted by the government, which planted “crisis actors” on the scene to advocate for tougher gun laws. However, during the trial, he conceded that he believes the massacre was “100% real”.
“Care and concern is so important and we’ve seen what happens when there’s a shortage of it, so I hope we all come home tonight and everyone who reads this and hears this message and you have chosen love with your children, because you can”, the plaintiff Lewis said after the jury’s decision.
Jones was previously found guilty of defamation by default last year after refusing submit documents. The conspiracy theorist was also accused of committing perjury, as he stated under oath that he had no messages containing “Sandy Hook” on his phone, but his lawyers accidentally sent two years’ worth of his emails and phone records opposing counsel; the material seems to contradict its previous claim.
The January 6 Committee demand Jones’ phone records as part of his investigation into the Capitol attack. Jones was first subpoenaed by the committee in November to check if he spread false information about the 2020 elections and his participation in the rallies on January 6.