Controversial conspiracy theorist and far-right activist Alex Jones has now been ordered to pay 4.1 million dollars to the parents of children who died during the Sandy Hook mass shooting.
As The Washington Examiner reports:
A jury in Austin, Texas, ordered Alex Jones to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to the parents who lost children in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School who sued the InfoWars host for defamation.
Jurors must still decide how much in punitive damages is owed to Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who died in the attack, according to the Associated Press.
Jones was sued by the parents after the radio host and conspiracy theorist said the Sandy Hook massacre, the deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. elementary school, was “completely fake” and a “giant hoax” during a 2017 radio show. Opening statements and testimony for the trial began last week, and the jury broke for deliberations on Wednesday.
The couple’s lawyers argued in opening statements last week that Jones led a “vile campaign of defamation” that resulted in the family receiving death threats from some of his followers who believed his claims that the shooting was fake.
Jones had previously made the false claim that the Sandy Hook shooting for a hoax perpetuated by actors.