Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has said that he now understands it was irresponsible that he claimed the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax and that he now believes it to be “100% real”.
Jones gave his confession a day after the parents of a six-year-old boy killed in the attack testified about the suffering, death threats and harassment they endured because of what Jones said. hyped up on its media platforms.
“It is…especially since I met my parents. It’s 100% true,” Jones testified at his trial to determine how much he owed for defaming the parents of a six-year-old, who was among 20 students and six educators. was killed in the 2012 attack on a school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The parents suing Jones said the day before that an apology wasn’t enough and the Infowars host needed to responsible for continuously spreading misinformation about the attack. They are looking for at least $150 million.
Closing arguments are expected to begin late Wednesday after further testimony from Jones, who described the lawsuit as an attack on First Amendment the rights.
Jones was the only one to testify in defense of himself and his media company, Free Speech Systems. His lawyer asked him if he now understood it was “completely irresponsible” to make false claims that the massacre did not happen and that no one died.
Jones said he did, but added, “They [the media] won’t let me take it back. “
He also complained that he was “typing like a Sandy Hook talker, making money from Sandy Hook, obsessed with Sandy Hook”.
Jones’ testimony came a day after Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis was killed in the attack, testified that Jones and the hoax claims were falsely made by Jones and his Infowars website he makes their lives a “hell on earth” in the face of death threats, online abuse and harassment.
They led a day of incriminating testimony on Tuesday, which included the judge flamboyantly chiding Jones for being dishonest with some of the things he was sworn to.
In a fascinating exchange, Lewis spoke directly to Jones, who was sitting about 10 feet away. Earlier that day, Jones on his broadcast told his audience that Heslin was “slow” and was being manipulated by bad people.
“First of all, I am a mother and I know you are a father. My son existed,” Lewis told Jones. “I’m not going into depth… I know you know it… But you’re going to leave this court and say it again on your show.”
At one point, Lewis asked Jones, “Do you think I’m an actor?”
“No, I don’t think you’re an actor,” Jones replied before the judge ordered him to remain silent until called to testify.
Heslin and Lewis are one of them Sandy Hook’s family who filed several lawsuits alleging that the Sandy Hook hoax claims promoted by Jones led to years of abuse for him and his followers.
Heslin and Lewis said they feared for their lives and had to deal with strangers at home and on the street. Heslin said his home and car were shot in. The jury heard a death threat sent via text message to another Sandy Hook family.
“I can’t even describe the last nine and a half years, the hell on earth that I and others have endured because of Alex Jones’ recklessness and carelessness,” Heslin said.
Scarlett Lewis also described the threatening emails that appear to have revealed profound details about her personal life.
Scarlett Lewis said: “It’s the fear for your life. “You don’t know what they’re going to do.”
Heslin says he doesn’t know if the Sandy Hook hoax conspiracy theories originated from Jones, but it was Jones who “lighted the game and started the fire” with an online platform and broadcast to millions of people worldwide.
“What was said about me and Sandy Hook herself resonated around the world,” Heslin said. “As time went on, I really realized how dangerous it was.”
Jones ignored Heslin’s testimony Tuesday morning while he was performing – a move Heslin dismissed as “cowardly” – but went to the courtroom to take part of Scarlett Lewis’ testimony. He was accompanied by a number of private security guards.
“Today is very important to me and it has been a long time… to face Alex Jones for what he said and did to me. To restore my son’s honor and legacy,” Heslin said when Jones wasn’t there.
Heslin told the jury about embracing his son with a bullet hole through his head, even describing the extent of the damage to his son’s body. A key segment of the case was a 2017 Infowars broadcast that said Heslin had not kept his son.
The jury was shown a photo of Jesse smiling at school taken two weeks before he was killed. The parents did not receive the photo until after take a shot. They describe how Jesse was known for telling his classmates to “run!” which could have saved lives.
Parents said an apology from Jones would not be good enough.
“Alex started this war,” Heslin said, “and I will end it.”
Jones then took a stand and initially quarreled with the judge, who asked him to answer questions from his own attorney. Jones testified that he had long wanted to apologize to the plaintiffs.
The judge then kicked the jury out of the room and sternly scolded Jones for telling the jury that he had complied with the pre-trial evidence collection even though he had not, and that he is bankrupt, this is yet to be determined. Plaintiffs’ attorneys were furious about Jones’ declaring him bankrupt, which they worried would affect the jury’s decision on damages.
“This is not your show,” judge Maya Guerra Gamble told Jones. “Your beliefs don’t make something happen. You are taking an oath. “
Last September, the judge punished Jones in her default ruling for his failure to submit documents requested by the Sandy Hook family. A Connecticut court issued a similar default judgment against Jones for similar reasons in a separate lawsuit brought by other Sandy Hook parents.
How much will Jones have to pay. The parents asked the jury to award $150 million in damages for defamation and intentional mental distress. The jury will then consider whether Jones and his company paid punitive damages.
Jones tried to defend the Free Language System financially. The company filed for federal bankruptcy protection last week. The Sandy Hook family sued Jones privately over his financial statements, alleging that the company was trying to protect the millions of people owned by Jones and his family through shell entities.