Alex Jones trial: Sandy Hook victim’s dad slams conspiracy theorist for making life ‘living HELL’
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis who died in the shooting, are filing a $150 million defamation suit against Alex Jones
During the two-week defamation trial against the Texas-based conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the parents of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim claimed that the theorist needs to be held accountable for the words he wrote in his blog after the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The parents claimed that Jones' theories hurt their sentiments and in order for them to move on, he needs to be held accountable.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis who died in the shooting are suing Jones for $150 million for defaming them by claiming that the 2012 shooting was a hoax. During the trial, Heslin talked about Jones' comments in his testimony saying, “You can never recover from the loss of a child. When you lose a child, you lose a part of yourself. You feel violated by the loss of your child. It’s something you can’t recover from.” On the other hand, Jesse Lewis' directed her testimony toward her dead child saying, "Jesse was real. I am a real mom." Heslin further added, "I can’t even describe the last nine and a half years, the living hell that I and others have had to endure because of the recklessness and negligence of Alex Jones."
Neil Heslin: "The gunman's gun jammed at one point. Jesse knew that. Jesse yelled for his classmates to run and they did. 9 of them are alive today because of his actions... Jesse died a hero." (Jesse was 6 years old) #AlexJones #SandyHook pic.twitter.com/kXadVjDK9e— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) August 2, 2022
Why is Alex Jones being sued?
Jones is being sued for the emotional distress he caused to the victims' families with the alleged lie about the Sandy Hook shooting, which resulted in the death of 20 students and 6 educators. On his blog, called 'Infowars', he repeatedly claimed that the mass shooting was a staged government conspiracy meant to take away Americans’ guns. After calling the school shooting a hoax, Jones' supporters ended up harassing the victims’ families. Following this, an Austin judge ordered a default judgment against Jones for defamation in October.
Jones took the stand on Tuesday afternoon, August 2, and his testimony will further continue on Wednesday morning, August 3. His attorney's, F Andino Reynal, line of questioning was heavily based on his background, his media career history, and his job. Asking Jones how he was doing, he replied, "I actually feel good," further explaining how the corporate media got his comments about the Sandy Hook shooting wrong.
Jesse Lewis' father, Heslin, argued that the trial must come with an outcome that would restore his credibility and reputation, along with his son's. Upon noticing that Jones was absent during Heslin's testimony, he called Jones a coward and his actions disrespectful.