conspiracy theorist Alex Jones revealed on Wednesday that he now understands that it was irresponsible of him to declare the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a prank and that he now believes it was “100% real.”
Speaking the day after parents of 6-year-old boy who was killed in 2012 attack testified to suffering, death threats and harassment they survived because of what trumpeted jones on his media platforms, the Infowars host said in a Texas courtroom that he definitely thinks attack happened.
“Especially since I met in parents. it’s 100% realJones said in court to determine how a lot of him and him media company, Free Speech Systems, must for slander of Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis. Them son Jesse Lewis was among 20 students and six teachers who were killed in in attack in Newtown, Connecticut, deadliest school shooting in American history.
But Heslin and Lewis said on Tuesday that an apology would not be enough and that Jones should be held accountable. for repeated dissemination of false information about attack. They are looking for at least $150 million.
certificate in litigation, which in this is second week ending around noon Wednesday.
During the closing debate on Wednesday afternoon, Jones attorney Andino Reynal said the plaintiffs did not prove that the actions and words of his client caused real harm to Heslin and Lewis. He said it was fair to assume that someone else “armed” what Jones said about Sandy Hook and “convinced them that Alex Jones was responsible for their grief.”
Jones was the only person who testified in his own defense. His lawyer asked him if he now understood that it was “absolutely irresponsible” to insist on false claims that there was no massacre and no one died.
Jones said he knew, but added”They T. media) won’t let me take it back.”
He also complained that he was “made out to be a typical person who runs around talking about Sandy Hook, does money off Sandy Hook is obsessed with Sandy Hook.”
In a sharp cross-examination of lawyer Mark Bankston, Jones admitted his history of pushing conspiracy claims over other mass tragedies, from the Oklahoma City bombings and the Boston Marathon to mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida.
Bankston then went up against Jones by showing a video clip of Infowars from last week when the host, not Jones, claimed the trial was rigged and contained a photograph of referee in flame. Then there was another clip of Jones asks if the jury was selected from group of people “who not know what planet are they live on. Jones said he didn’t mean that part literally.
Bankston said Jones disobeyed with court orders to provide text messages and emails for collection of pre-trial evidence. Jones said, “I use email” was then shown one obtained from another source that came from his email address. He replied, “I must have dictated it.”
AT one moment, Bankston informed Jones that his lawyers had mistakenly sent Bankston last two years’ worth of messages from Jones’ cell phone.
Advocate also showed the court an email from Infowars business officer informing Jones that the company earned $800,000 gross in sell your products in one day that amount up to almost 300 million dollars in a year. Jones said it best day in sales.
Jones’ testimony was given the day after Heslin and Lewis testified in the courtroom. in Austin, where Jones and his companies are based, what Jones and false hoax claims he and Infowars pushed made their life “Sheer Hell” of death threats, online insults and harassment.
They spent the day of testimony on Tuesday, including a judge berating a pompous Jones for not be true with a little of what he said under oath.
In a compelling conversation, Lewis spoke directly to Jones who sat 10 meters away. Earlier in the day Jones on his broadcast program telling his audience that Heslin is “slow” and being manipulated bad people.
“I mother first and first of all I know you father. My son existed,” Lewis told Jones. I’m not a deep state supporter… know you know what… And yet you’re going to walk out of this courthouse and say it again on your show.”
AT one moment, Lewis asked Jones, “Do you think I’m an actor?”
“No, I don’t think you’re an actor,” Jones replied before the judge warned him to keep quiet until he was called to testify.
Heslin and Lewis are among several Sandy Hook families. who filed lawsuits alleging that the Sandy Hook prank allegations made by Jones led to of its abuse and followers.
“What has been said about me and Sandy Hook herself resonates around worldHaslin said. – Over time, I really understood how it was dangerous.”
Jones missed Heslin’s Tuesday morning testimony when he was on his show – a move Heslin was called “cowardly”, but he arrived in courtroom for part of Scarlett Lewis testimony. He was accompanied by several private guards.
“Today is very important to me, and it was a long time ago… face Alex Jones for what he said and did to me. To restore honor and legacy of my sonHeslin said when Jones was gone.
Heslin told the jury about the conduct of his son with bullet hole through his head, even describing the extent of damage his son body. BUT key segment of case in Infowars 2017 broadcast that said Heslin didn’t hold it son.
In 2017, Heslin left on television, he told CBS News, directly turn to deniers Sandy Hook. “I lost my son. i buried mine son. I kept mine son with bullet hole through it head,” he said.
After that, the persecution only intensified, Heslin said.
“I’ve had a lot death threats”, Heslin told CBS News in 2018. “People say, ‘You should be those with bullet hole in your head.'”
The jury was shown a school photo of smiling Jesse, taken two weeks before he was murdered. parents I received the photo only after the shooting. They described how Jesse was famous for telling classmatesrun!”, which likely saved lives.
Jones later took Stand on Tuesday and was originally belligerent with referee, who asked him to answer a question from his own lawyer. Jones showed that he wanted apologize to plaintiffs.
The judge later sent the jury out of room and strongly scolded Jones for telling the jury that he complied with collection of pre-trial evidence, although he did not do this, and that he is bankrupt, which is not established. Lawyers for the plaintiffs were furious that Jones had mentioned his bankruptcy, which they fear would taint the jury’s opinion. decisions about damage.
“It’s not yours showJudge Maya Guerra Gamble told Jones. “Your beliefs do nothing. true. You are under oath.”
Last September, a judge warned Jones in her default solution over his failure turn over documents requested by the Sandy Hook families. Court in Connecticut issued a similar judgment in absentia against Jones for the same reasons in separate lawsuit filed by another Sandy Hook parents.
At stake in court how Jones will pay a lot. parents asked the jury award $150 million in compensation for defamation and willful infliction of emotional distress. The jury will then consider whether Jones and his company pay punitive damages.
Jones told the jury that any compensation above $2 million will sink us,” but added: “I think it’s appropriate for whatever you decide that you want do.”
Jones has already tried to defend free speech systems financially. The company filed for federal bankruptcy protection last a week. The Sandy Hook families individually sued Jones over his financial claims, alleging that the company is trying to protect millions belongs to Jones and his family through shell entities.