Lying about school shootings: Trump campaigner Jones to pay $45 million

Lies about school massacres
Trump campaigner Jones to pay $45 million

Trump campaigner and right-wing propagandist Alex Jones ordered to pay four million in damages for lying about the Sandy Hook massacre. Now something else is added – an eleven-fold amount.

US far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been fined an additional $45.2 million for false claims about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. He has now reportedly paid over $49 million in restitution to the parents of one of his victims. Several US media outlets reported this Friday from a courtroom in Texas. He was already awarded damages of more than US$4 million on Thursday.

Friday’s ruling is for so-called punitive damages, which are intended to act as a deterrent and often exceed actual damages. Jones previously stated that the December 2012 shoot was conducted by the cast. A 20-year-old man shot and killed 20 schoolchildren and 6 teachers in Newtown, Connecticut.

The parents of a six-year-old boy who was killed then sued the right-wing radio host over his allegations. You previously described the emotional suffering caused by the lies of a 48-year-old man. They asked for $150 million in damages. The conspiracy theorist’s lawyer argued that the plaintiffs failed to prove that his client’s words actually caused harm.

Jones has made a lot of money by spreading conspiracy theories. For example, Jones claimed that the US government was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York. He is also known as a supporter of former US President Donald Trump. For example, Jones appropriated Trump’s false claim that his election loss to current President Joe Biden was the result of massive fraud. Jones was in Washington when radical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He was questioned behind closed doors by a parliamentary inquiry into the capital storm.

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