A jury will decide whether or not Alex Jones must compensate Sandy Hook’s parents with punitive damages.
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switch to caption Getty Images/Sergio Flores Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars, will appear in court once more on Friday for his defamation trial in which he is being held liable for declaring falsely that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was a fake.
The jury will determine whether Jones must compensate Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Jesse Lewis, a first-grader who died at Sandy Hook along with 25 other children and school employees.
Jones was sentenced on Thursday to pay the couple $4.1 million in compensatory damages after they claimed they had been hounded and threatened with death because of Jones’s erroneous assertions that the federal government had planned the shooting to outlaw firearms. In their complaint, Heslin and Lewis are requesting $150 million in damages.
2015’s “Sandy Hook is Synthetic, Completely Fake with Actors, In My View, Manufactured,” Jones claimed on his InfoWars radio show.
“I know you’re a father, but I’m a mother first and foremost. my son was born, “Jones heard Lewis say this on Thursday. “You continue to insinuate that I am an actress and a member of the deep state on your show, and I find it confusing. Our world needs the truth so much.”
Jones acknowledged on Wednesday that the shooting, which was the bloodiest at an elementary school in American history, was real.
Due to his hate speech and misinformation, the conspiracy theorist was banned from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other popular websites. But Infowars is still played on numerous radio stations, and millions of people still visit its website each month.
The parents’ attorneys anticipate arguing that Jones is concealing assets worth millions of dollars throughout this portion of the trial.