Alex Jones had made a bizarre appearance in court, lying several times - under oath. The judge not only had to instruct the right-wing extremist moderator once and remind him of the truth. Now the US conspiracy theorist has been fined an additional $45.2 million for his false claims about the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. He is now said to have paid a total of more than $49 million in compensation to a victim's parents. This was reported by several US media on Friday from the courtroom in Texas. Jones was sentenced to more than $4 million in damages on Thursday.
Friday's verdict is what is known as punitive damages, which is also intended to act as a deterrent and is often significantly higher than the actual damages. In the Sandy Hook school massacre in the city of Newtown on December 14, 2012, the perpetrator shot 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. Jones then repeatedly claimed that the attack never happened. Rather, it was faked in order to enforce a tightening of gun laws.
The parents of a then six-year-old boy who was killed had sued the right-wing radio presenter because of his allegations. You had previously described the emotional suffering caused by the lies of the 48-year-old. They demanded $150 million in compensation. The conspiracy theorist's attorney argued the plaintiffs had failed to prove his client's words actually caused harm.
The radio host and founder of the right-wing website "Infowars" is considered ultra-right. He made a lot of money by spreading conspiracy theories and gathered a large circle of followers. He is known as a supporter of former US President Donald Trump. Jones has repeatedly spread various conspiracy theories in the past and, for example, claimed that the US government was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.
For example, Jones endorsed Trump's false claim that his election defeat by current President Joe Biden was due to massive fraud. Jones was also in Washington when radical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He was questioned behind closed doors by the parliamentary inquiry into the storming of the Capitol.
"Infowars" had already filed for bankruptcy in April. Another of Jones' companies, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy last week.