A Texas jury on Friday ordered Infowars presenter Alex Jones to pay Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of a 6-year-old who perished in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, $45 million in compensatory damages. Additionally, he must give the couple an additional $4 million as of today.
As Jones repeatedly claimed on his well-known right-wing podcast, Infowars, that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a fake, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis had wanted $150 million from him. The parents’ counsel alleged that Jones made money off of his claims that the US government orchestrated the Sandy Hook and other mass shootings in order to tighten gun control regulations and therefore control the public.
The accusations against Alex Jones
The Independent claims that texts between Alex Jones and his attorneys that were leaked showed that the Infowars host had generated huge sums of money selling goods through his shows. His exposure as a result of the conspiracy theories he promoted about the Sandy Hook shooting, according to Heslin and Lewis’ counsel, is what caused this.
Wesley Todd Ball, the lawyer for Heslin and Lewis, stated in a CNN interview that the case should serve as a lesson to people who make money by disseminating false information.
Jones argued that the penalty was excessive because it would compel Infowars to declare bankruptcy. Ball responded by claiming that this was the intended outcome and that it would make it impossible for him to continue to have a platform.
Ball conceded that even $45 million in punitive penalties would not have been sufficient to reduce the impact of the Infowars presenter in light of the released texts, which showed how much money Jones had actually gained from the podcast.
In court, Jones’s attorney, F. Andino Reynal, asserted that the punishment would not act as a deterrent. Reynal, in contrast to Ball, asserted that Jones was crucial in opposing the shady practises purportedly employed by the US government.
Jones asserted in court on Wednesday that the slaughter was real. He has, however, also claimed in court that the government is undermining him by using Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin as tools.