Alex Jones has been ordered by a judge to pay over $4 million to the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre for compensatory damages.
This is considerably less than the $150 million which was being sought after.
However, Jones says that the $4.1 million will bankrupt his company.
Punitive damages have yet to be decided, but Jones will allegedly not be allowed to testify or defend himself.
Jones responded by admitting that he was wrong about Sandy Hook, and apologized to the families.
He claims that edited videos were shown to the families and to the the jury in an attempt to make him look worse.
Jones faces an uphill battle in upcoming trials.
BREAKING: A jury ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages to Sandy Hook parents. It still must decide punitive damages. https://t.co/hCaHP052d0
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 4, 2022
Here’s the breaking news from the Associated Press:
A Texas jury Thursday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million — significantly less than the $150 million being sought — in compensatory damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, marking the first time the Infowars host has been held financially liable for repeatedly claiming the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was a hoax.
The Austin jury must still decide how much the Infowars host should pay in punitive damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis was among the 20 children and six educators who were killed in the 2012 attack in Newtown, Connecticut.
The parents had sought at least $150 million in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jones’ attorney asked the jury to limit damages to $8 — one dollar for each of the compensation charges they considered — and Jones himself said any award over $2 million “would sink us.”
It likely won’t be the last judgment against Jones — who was not in the courtroom — over his claims that the attack was staged in the interests of increasing gun controls. A Connecticut judge has ruled against him in a similar lawsuit brought by other victims’ families and an FBI agent who worked on the case. He also faces another trial in Austin.
Breaking News: After deliberating for less than a day, a jury ordered Alex Jones to pay over $4 million in compensatory damages to the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. The jury will return tomorrow to consider punitive damages. https://t.co/xVG5Ek5b8f
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 4, 2022
A #Texas jury ordered #AlexJones to pay $4.1 million to the parents of a boy killed in the #SandyHook mass shooting, marking the first time he has been held financially liable for spreading the false claim that the shooting was a hoax. https://t.co/09HEODmbjf
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) August 5, 2022
A jury has ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay £3.3m in damages to the parents of a six-year-old boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacrehttps://t.co/uWRTd6TGIm pic.twitter.com/mo2pUsIyR9
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 5, 2022
— FinancialNewsNetwork (@FinNewsNet) August 4, 2022
Alex Jones was ordered to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to Sandy Hook families. This is just the beginning. He’s due back tomorrow when the jury will weigh whether to award punitive damages, which should be a bigger hammer.
— Dave Aronberg (@aronberg) August 4, 2022
This, but Ron Darling faces no consequences? Got it. https://t.co/p4vGDIkv2Q
— Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) August 5, 2022
Jones has responded to the verdict in a video from Info Wars.
The Gateway Pundit has more on his reaction:
Alex Jones responded on Thursday.
“I admitted I was wrong. I admitted it was a mistake. I admitted that I followed disinformation but not on purpose. I apologized to the families. And the jury understood that. What I did to those families was wrong. But I didn’t do it on purpose,” Alex Jones said.
Here is the video of Jones’ response:
Alex Jones Responds To $4.2 Million Sandy Hook Verdict https://t.co/nE7NKO32X5
— Sir John Williams (@sirjohnwilliam2) August 5, 2022
Jones admitted that he was wrong, and had apologized to the families.
However, he said that this was an attack on free speech.
Like him or hate him, many have noticed that Jones may be being used to make an example of.
Constant harping that speech causes ‘harm’ is part of long run effort to criminalize inconvenient opinion. Been saying this for long time. And this is how to view Alex Jones. They are setting a precedent, taking easy case to build law that prohibits challenging narratives.
— FischerKing (@FischerKing64) August 4, 2022
I'm asking sincerely because I do not know. How did Alex Jones harm the Sandy Hook parents or families? He stated a stupid opinion on an internet show. What damaged did it cause?
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) August 4, 2022
Something has gone very, very wrong when it's easier to get hold of Alex Jones's text messages than texts from federal agencies (Secret Service, DOD, Homeland Security) who are legally required to preserve them.
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) August 5, 2022
"What's used against me will be used against you." pic.twitter.com/vQOWmndncC
— 🇺🇸Ultra MAGA Gang CCG🇺🇸 (@UltraMagaCCG) August 5, 2022