Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been found liable in the latest lawsuit brought against him by families of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims.
Monday, a Connecticut judge issued a default ruling in the fourth defamation case brought against Jones, who has made frequent claims that the 2012 school massacre was a hoax and that the victims’ families were “crisis actors.”
Judge Barbara Bellis defaulted the case in favor of the parents after Jones and his companies failed “to produce critical material information that the plaintiffs needed to prove their claims,” The New York Times reported on Monday.
“Mr. Jones is very used to saying whatever he wants to say from the comfort of his own studio, but what I think this case has shown is that when he is forced to defend his conduct in a court of law and comply with court orders, that it’s a very different ballgame,” said attorney Chris Mattei, a lawyer representing the Sandy Hook families. “The fact that the court was left with no choice but to default him shows just how unwilling Mr. Jones was to have his conduct exposed to the light of day in front of a jury.”
Now, Jones will have to pay up. Another hearing is set to be held to decide how much he should pay in damages.
The Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting left 26 children and six staff members dead. Several victims’ family members claim they have been subjected to harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers following his claims. Monday’s ruling comes over a month after a Texas judge issued a default judgment against Jones for failing to produce documents in relation to remarks he made about the shooting.
Jones claims his remarks are covered by the First Amendment, though he now admits he was wrong and has since conceded in court that the shooting did occur.