Alex Jones was ordered by a Connecticut judge to pay $473 million more to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims. He had spread lies about the massacre, which left 20 children and six adults dead.
On Oct. 12, a jury ordered Infowars founder to pay victims’ families and an FBI agent almost $1 billion. He now owes $1.44 billion.
According to the Associated Press, Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis added punitive damages to Jones and Free Speech Systems’ owed amounts after telling millions of listeners that the shooting was a hoax and that the victims were actors who were hired to help get more gun control laws into place.
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In a 45-page ruling, the judge stated that “the record clearly supports plaintiffs’ argumentthat the defendants’ conduct was intentional and malicious and certain to cause damage by virtue of their infrastructure and ability to spread content and large audience including the infowarriors.”
Along with the $473million is $150 million for Connecticut’s violation of the Unfair Trade Practices Act. The act prohibits deceptive business practices.
The remainder of the money will be used to pay attorney fees and other costs for plaintiffs.
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During the one-month-long trial, which took place in September and October between the two months, the victims’ siblings and parents gave their heartfelt testimony. They claimed that they were harassed and abused by Jones’ followers who believed the lies.
Jones admitted to the shooting during his testimony. Jones remained hostile and referred to the trial as “kangaroo Court” and called the judge “tyrant”.
This is Jones’ third conviction.
In August, a Texas jury awarded $49.3 Million to Neil Heslin & Scarlett Lewis. Lewis’ 6-year-old son was shot and killed in the shooting.
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Texas will host a third trial in the coming months, this time involving parents of another child who was killed.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.