Infowars host Alex Jones was forced to answer for his years of spreading conspiracy theories as he spoke out this week in a libel damages lawsuit brought against him by the parents of 6-year-old child killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. .
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Jones deceived his audience of millions by telling them that the December 14, 2012 massacre, which killed 20 children and six adults, was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by the government to undermine the property rights of fire arms. For years, he claimed that “crisis actors” staged the attack. In 2018, several families of Sandy Hook casualties and an FBI agent who responded to the crime scene filed defamation charges against Jones and Infowars, alleging that his lies made him the target of harassment and violent threats.
On October 1, 2021, a Texas judge found Jones liable for damages in three of those defamation lawsuits by default, after the Infowars host failed to turn over the documents to the families’ lawyers. The lawsuit to determine damages in the first such lawsuit he lost, brought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, parents of victim Jesse Lewis, started July 26. They are asking for $150 million. Lewis addressed Jones directly in court before the conspiracy theorist spoke.
In his testimony On Tuesday and Wednesday, a visibly uncomfortable and sweaty Jones was repeatedly reprimanded by Judge Maya Guerra Gamble and brutally cross-examined by parents’ attorney Mark Bankston. The Infowars host was confronted not only by his past statements about the Sandy Hook shooting, but also by remarks he made about judge, jury and trial on his show earlier in the week. The jury is now out on the case.
Live clips from the trial have been viewed millions of times on social media. Here are some of the most shared moments.