In lawsuits filed by parents over his Sandy Hook shooting claims, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was found liable for damages.


In lawsuits filed by parents over his claims about the Sandy Hook shooting, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was found liable for damages.

The Associated Press’ DAVE COLLINS contributed to this article.

Alex Jones, the host of Infowars and a conspiracy theorist, was found liable for damages in lawsuits filed by parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting over Jones’ claims that the massacre was a hoax on Monday.

Judge Barbara Bellis took the unusual step of defaulting Jones in the defamation lawsuits due to his and his companies’ “failure to produce critical material information that the plaintiffs needed to prove their claims.” The default means the judge sided with the parents and will hold a hearing to determine how much damages Jones should pay.

Jones and his companies, including Infowars and Free Speech Systems, allegedly violated court rules by failing to turn over documents to the parents, including internal company documents showing how and if Jones and Infowars profited from talking about the school shooting and other mass shootings, according to the parents’ lawyers.

In a court brief filed in July, attorneys for the family wrote, “Their pattern of defying and ignoring court orders to produce responsive information is well established.”

Jones’ lawyers have denied breaking any court rules regarding document disclosure and have asked for Bellis to be removed from the case, claiming she is biased.

In three defamation lawsuits brought by Sandy Hook families in Texas, a Texas judge recently issued similar rulings against Jones, finding him liable for damages after defaulting him and his companies for not turning over documents.

Damages hearings have been scheduled as well.

On his front lawn, Frank Kulick adjusts a display of wooden crosses and a Jewish Star of David, representing the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

17th of December, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut

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Twenty first-graders and six teachers were killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012.

Jones has since stated that the massacre was not a hoax.

Families of some of the school shooting victims sued Jones, Infowars, and others in Texas and Connecticut over the hoax conspiracy, claiming that Jones’ followers harassed them and threatened them with death.

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