When right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claimed the Sandy Hook massacre was a “huge fabrication,” parents who lost their 6-year-old son to the tragedy challenged him in a courtroom on Tuesday, saying his allegations had created ‘living hell’ for them.
To make up for the loss of their son, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis are suing Infowars and Alex Jones for $150 million in damages for defamation. Jesse Lewis was killed in the 2012 tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
When Heslin appeared before Jones arrived at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin on Tuesday, he told the court that he was overcome with grief, worsened by death threats and harassment from strangers, which made the parents afraid for their own lives. As Heslin told the jury, “I can’t even begin to tell you what a living nightmare these last nine and a half years have been for me and others due of Alex Jones’ recklessness and stupidity.”
The incident left 26 individuals dead, including 20 children under the age of 10. Jones had warned his listeners that “crisis actors” were behind the “false flag” operation.
Jesse’s mother, in a sob-filled statement to Jones, said, “My son existed. “There are birth documents for Jesse.”
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble entered a rare default judgment against Jones after he failed to turn over documents to the parents’ lawyers, so jurors in Austin, where Infowars is based, would not hear evidence about the defamation accusations. Instead, the jury will decide how much Jones must pay in monetary compensation as well as punitive damages.
Free Speech Systems, the parent business of Infowars, filed for bankruptcy last week, according to Jones’ attorney, who said the firm would not interfere with the defamation action. Jones’ attorney.
For Lewis, there was no “deep state” conspiracy idea. “I’m sure you’re aware of this. That’s the issue…. Why do you keep repeating that? She questioned, “For how much?”. Jones just shook his head and walked away.
Lewis remarked, “It seems so unbelievable to me that we have to do this — that we have to beseech you… to get you to stop lying. “I can’t believe it’s finally here. To tell you the truth, I’m relieved that I was able to do so.”
It’s not clear if the conspiracy theory started with Jones, but Heslin claimed that he “lit the match and sparked the fire” via his Infowars platform, which reaches millions of people.
According to the testimony of a forensic psychologist, Heslin and Lewis had PTSD.
Previously, Jones admitted that the shooting had occurred and blamed “a type of madness” for his false allegations. Tuesday, he said that his remarks had been misconstrued since he had been waiting to apologize.
As far as I’m concerned, I didn’t mean to hurt you. When this came up in court, I never even mentioned your name; I had no idea who you were until then,” Jones stated. There were questions on the internet.” “I wanted to know more.”
Lewis questioned Jones, “Do you believe I’m an actor?” during her testimony.
“No, I don’t believe you’re an actress,” he said.
He has been banned from Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify for breaking their policies against hate speech. As a result of Jones’ misleading statements, courts in Connecticut and Texas have also ruled that he is liable for damages.
“Witch hunt” and “show trial” were some of the terms Jones used to describe the judicial proceedings last month when speaking to the media.