What did Alex Jones say about the Sandy Hook Shooting?11/17/2021
INFOWARS host Alex Jones sparked outrage following his remarks about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
As a result, he was found legally responsible in two lawsuits for damages caused by his claims according to recent court documents.
Who is Alex Jones?
Born February 11, 1974, Jones, 47, is known as an American far-right radio show host and conspiracy theorist.
New York magazine once described him as "America's leading conspiracy theorist" while Southern Poverty Law Center added that he is the most "prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America"
A Dallas, Texas native, he is known for warning about terrorist attacks with no evidence and has called tragic events such as 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombings and the 2013 Washington Navy Yard mass murder, "operations" that have come from our own government.
His radio show has millions of followers and it was later revealed that Boston Marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was among his millions of listeners.
What did Alex Jones say about the Sandy Hook Shooting?
The 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.
The shooter killed 26 people at the school, 20 of whom were children, before killing himself.
Over the years, Jones has been known for falsely claiming the event of being a "giant hoax" that was carried out by actors who oppose the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
As a result, families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation in both Texas and Connecticut courts.
On September 30, 2021, CNN reported that Jones had just lost two more lawsuits after Judge Maya Guerra Gamble determined he was legally responsible for damages.
"The Court finds that Defendants' failure to comply…is greatly aggravated by [their] consistent pattern of discovery abuse throughout similar cases pending before this Court," the Texas judge wrote according to CNN.
"The Court finds that Defendants' discovery conduct in this case is the result of flagrant bad faith and callous disregard for the responsibilities of discovery under the rules."
In 2019, according to a sworn deposition, Jones had acknowledged that the events were real and claimed he suffered from "a form of psychosis" which made him question if they were.
Following the decision, Jones and Infowars attorney Norm Pattis issued a statement slamming the judge's decision.
"The trial court’s entry of a default in these cases is stunning," the statement read. "It takes no account of the tens of thousands of documents produced by the defendants, the hours spent sitting for depositions and the various sworn statements filed in these cases."
It still remains unclear how much Jones will have to pay as a result of the lawsuits.
In November 2021, a Connecticut judge found Jones and the other defendants liable for defamation.
Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis cited the defendants' "willful noncompliance" with the discovery process as the reasoning behind the ruling reported NPR.
What is Alex Jones' net worth?
As of 2021, Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Jones' net worth is $5 million thanks to his career as a radio host and author.
At this time, it is unknown if this number will change following the verdict of the lawsuit cases.
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