Alex Jones Ordered To Pay $42.5 Million To Sandy Hook Parents

InfoWars talking head Alex Jones has been ordered to pay $42.5 million in punitive damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy murdered in the Sandy Hook school shooting for mocking his death and calling the incident a "hoax"
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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Info Wars infamy has been ordered to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after years of declaring the deadly event was a “false flag” hoax staged by actors.

From Axios:

The punitive damages come on top of the $4.1 million the jury ordered Jones to pay in compensatory damages to the parents, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, on Thursday, which marked the first time he had been held financially liable for spreading conspiracy theories about the mass shooting.

Jones, primarily through his website and radio show Infowars, previously claimed the shooting was a “false flag” operation planned by the government using “crisis actors” to undermine gun rights secured by the Second Amendment, though he admitted during the trial that he believes it was “100% real.”

In civil cases, compensatory damages compensate for losses suffered by the injured party, while punitive are awarded to punish a defendant whose behavior is found to have been especially harmful, according to Cornell Law School.

The jury’s verdict was unanimous. Read the full report here.

Heslin and Lewis told the jury Jones’s claims that the shooting was a hoax lead to numerous threats online and over the phone. They also endured harassment on the street and even gunshots fired at their home.

During the trial, Jones’ attorney told the jury that Jones had “apologized repeatedly and offered to have the parents on his show.” But Jones is well-known for his performative statements like when he had an on-air meltdown when he thought Hillary Clinton was going to be president.

Axios reports Jones has already begun to try and shield his money by filing faux bankruptcy proceedings. Experts believe Jones is worth well over $200 million.