Who is Alex Jones' ex-wife? Kelly Nichols claims conspiracy theorist is 'mentally ill' and 'delusional'
Alex Jones' former wife has claimed in an interview that the conspiracy theorist is "mentally ill" and needs to be "protected from himself and others". Kelly Nichols, 54, hopes that the defamation trial will teach him that his "delusional" behaviors are "not acceptable". Nichols watched Jones perjure himself in court on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, when text records indicated he did send text messages about the Sandy Hook school massacre despite him claiming otherwise. Nichols said that the perjury was a "come to Jesus moment" and that a "lot of people are going to be interested in".
Jones appeared stunned during cross-examination on August 3, 2022, at the defamation trial against him after he was told that his lawyers had handed over multiple text messages that he claimed did not exist. Jones has been accused of withholding key evidence in defamation lawsuits brought by the victims' families for spreading lies about the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. The InfoWars host had previously claimed that there were no messages on his phone about the mass shooting. He was shocked to learn that despite claiming under oath that such texts did not exist, his team sent a digital copy of all the texts and emails about Sandy Hook, according to USA Today News.
Attorney Mark Banston, who is working for the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, said that they received the information 12 days ago. The information spanned several years. Jones called it their ‘Perry Mason’ moment during the trial. He was accused of perjuring himself while giving evidence.
The development comes before the jury begins deliberating about the amount Jones should pay for defaming the family of a victim who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. Jones appears to have lied on the witness stand by saying he turned over all text messages pertaining to the massacre and now legal experts say that the he could face aggravated perjury charges that carry a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars in Texas.
Who is Kelly Nichols?
Alex Jones was previously married to Kelly Rebecca Nichols for eight years. Nichols, born on July 2, 1968, is reportedly an animal rights activist. She was born in Travis County to Edmund Lowe Nichols and Sandra Kay Nichols. Nichols' father is a former diplomat who was convicted in 1993 for his involvement in the violation of Federal Financial Conflicts Law of interest, according to Just Richest. Her Twitter bio reads, "Whistleblower, activist, speaker, writer. Anti-propaganda, smashing through the dis Infowars and exposing injustice."
Nichols spent her childhood in Travis County with her two siblings, brother James, and sister Elizabeth Nichols. As of March 2021, she had been working as the head of media operations and public relations for PETA, a famous animal rights organization. Nichols married Jones in 2007, and the two have three children together. They got divorced in 2015, and she sought sole or joint custody of their children two years later due to his behavior. She had claimed that "he's not a stable person" and "I'm concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress". She was eventually awarded the right to decide where their children live. Jones maintained visitation rights.
Nichols has now said that she believes Jones' perjury moment will be an eye-opener for others. "I think you saw someone, as we say in Texas, having a "come to Jesus" moment," she told Inside Edition. "The cat is out of the bag and a lot of people are going to be interested in that information."
"Alex is truly mentally ill. To me, he should be protected from himself and others. He doesn’t have any moral compass. He lives in his own universe. He’s a very delusional man," Nichols added.
The parents of Jesse Heslin, 6, one of the victims of the shooting, have said that an apology is not enough. Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis are now seeking at least $150 million, saying Jones should be held accountable for spreading falsehoods.
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble told the jury that the entire contents of the phone was "not properly turned over when it should have been." The messages revealed that Jones was making $80,000 a day in 2018, with the lawyer of the Sandy Hook parents saying, "After your platforming, your numbers keep getting better."
Jones is also under fire for saying he was bankrupt, which has not been determined. "This is not your show," Judge Maya Guerra Gamble told Jones. "Your beliefs do not make something true. You are under oath." Jones was admonished by Guerra in September 2021 over his failure to turn over documents requested by the Sandy Hook families.
There are two kinds of perjury in Texas. Misdemeanor perjury involves making a false statement under oath and Aggravated perjury, a felony, which must happen during an official proceeding and must involve an issue that would affect the outcome of the case.
In a separate lawsuit by other Sandy Hook shooting victims' parents, they have asked the jury to award $150 million in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jones has portrayed the lawsuit against him as an attack on his First Amendment rights. He has already been found liable for defamation for his portrayal of the Sandy Hook massacre as a hoax by courts in Texas and Connecticut.
"I know he had hidden money," Nichols told the publication. "I think he’s got a lot of buckets under a lot of shells." She added, "I hope the jury returns with the verdict that shows him this behavior is not acceptable."
The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School took place n December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut. 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot dead 26 people, 20 of who were children aged between six and seven. The others were adult staff members. Lanza killed himself by shooting himself in the head as first responders arrived at the school.