Does Alex Jones HAVE TO PAY Sandy Hook families? Host begs fans for money, says victims will NOT get any

Does Alex Jones HAVE TO PAY Sandy Hook families? Host begs fans for money, says victims will NOT get any
Alex Jones was ordered to pay $965 million in compensatory damages (@Law and CrimeNetwork/Twitter)

WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT: A Connecticut court ordered Alex Jones to pay $965 million to families of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre on Wednesday, October 12. The conspiracy theorist repeatedly claimed that the 2012 mass shooting was a media fabrication. He even said grieving families seen in the news were actors hired as part of a plot to take away people’s guns, claimed The Guardian.

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However, according to Vanity Fair, Alex claimed after the verdict, “‘Do these people actually think they’re getting any of this money?" He then added, "this must be what hell’s like – they just read out the damages. Even though you don’t get the money." Further, he said, “They want to scare everybody away from freedom. They want to scare us away from questioning Uvalde and what really happened there or Parkland or any other event." 

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He further claimed, "We’re not scared, we’re not going away and we’re not going to stop … For hundreds of thousands of dollars, I can keep them in court for years, I can appeal this stuff, we can stand up against this travesty, against the billions of dollars they want." According to New York Post, the complainants, who are the Sandy Hook family members, claimed that Alex made a profit from their huge suffering. He previously denied that gunman Adam Lanza fatally shot 26 people at the elementary school and then himself in December. 14, 2012. 

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Alex Jones during the trial (Reuters Screenshot/ YouTube)
Alex Jones during the trial (Reuters Screenshot/ YouTube)

During the trial, however, he agreed that he had been wrong about Sandy Hook and agreed that the shooting was real. Attorney Chris Mattei said, “Every single one of these families [was] drowning in grief, and Alex Jones put his foot right on top of them," reported New York Post. The new verdict came in after three weeks of testimony in another court at Texas which ordered to pay only a sum of $49 million Jones. Meanwhile, in this case, the plaintiffs included more than a dozen relatives of 20 children and six staff members who were shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. However, Infowars has already filed for bankruptcy, reports Variety. 

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In an interview with MSNBC, Harry Litman, a former U.S. Attorney said, “We’re talking about such outsized numbers that even if he’s able to bob and weave some, I just don’t see how he winds up anything but basically broke now for the rest of his life,” Meanwhile, economist Bernard Pettingill Jr. estimated Jones has a net worth of between $135 million and $270 million, reports Vanity.

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A parent was seen excessively emotional during the trial (Reuters Screenshot/ Youtube)
A parent was seen as excessively emotional during the trial (Reuters Screenshot/ Youtube)

The verdict is the second big judgment against the Infowars host over his relentless promotion of the lie that the 2012 massacre never happened, reported The Guardian. During closing arguments, Alex's lawyer, Norman Pattis, countered that the plaintiffs had shown no significant evidence and anything of quantifiable losses. He also said, “This is not a case about politics; It’s about how much to compensate the plaintiffs," claimed Reuters. One of the plaintiffs in the case, Robbie Parker, stated, "Everybody who took the stand told the truth," It was also revealed that the website in all fake information about the massacre called 'Infowars' made a revenue of 165 million between 2016 and 2018. According to News Times, an economist who testified for the parents estimated Alex's worth between $135 and $270 million. He said during the testimony, “I’ve already said ‘I’m sorry’ hundreds of times and I’m done saying I’m sorry."

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(Global News Screenshot/ YouTube)
Alex's lawyer, Norman Pattis talking to media after verdict (Global News Screenshot/ YouTube)

Meanwhile, the lawsuit accused Free Speech Systems, which is Jones and Infowars’ parent company, of making millions out of this controversial and fake news. Alex will now face another trial in a Texas Court, which is filed by another parent of one of the victims, stated The Guardian.

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(Global News Screenshot/ YouTube)
Attorney Chris Mattei (Global News Screenshot/ YouTube)

'He’s finished, hopefully'

Internet was quick to react to the verdict. One of the users stated, "Watching the Sandy Hook verdict live from his studio, Alex Jones makes an urgent plea to his audience for cash, and tells them that none of the money they send him will go the the families because he has filed for bankruptcy."

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A user said, "Glorious result." Another user claimed, "way to go jury !." Katie S Phang said, "He is disgusting. And he is intentionally misleading his viewers. Trust me, those lawyers and others will hunt down every red cent of those judgments against him." Meanwhile, a user claimed, "His bankruptcy filing will be rejected. Civil judgments don’t qualify. He’s finished, hopefully." 

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Another user stated, "They deserve every penny & honestly if the families could similar sue all of the InfoWars fans who stalked, harassed & trolled these poor family members it would be awesome. I cannot imagine their pain, needlessly & mercilessly increased by these known lies presented as truths." A tweet read, "And these people won’t see much of it, if any of it. What a joke." 

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A user tweeted, "This whole affair has made my stomach churn. No amount of money is going to replace those kids. No amount of money is going to help the families who have been abused on top of losing their kids. It is just about trying to prevent it from happening to other families." Another tweet read, "Alex Jones is now learning that no right - including free speech - is unlimited!." Another user claimed, "There can never be justice for these families." Further, a tweet stated, "They will never receive that money in the full amount." 

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