A Connecticut jury ordered Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion to families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting for spreading lies about the massacre.
Six adults and 20 children were killed during the shooting in December 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, just 20 miles away from where victims’ families gave tearful testimony in Waterbury Superior Court during the trial.
Jones repeatedly told millions of listeners on his Infowars show that the shooting was a hoax and the victims were crisis actors.
SANDY HOOK FAMILIES FILE SUIT AGAINST INFOWARS’ ALEX JONES
Plaintiff Robbie Parker, whose 6-year-old son was killed in the shooting, was awarded $120 million.
Jones was combative during the trial, referring to the ordeal as a “kangaroo court” and calling the judge a “tyrant.”
“Is this a struggle session?” Jones said at one point last month. “Are we in China? I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times and I’m done saying I’m sorry.”
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Infowars’ parent company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy shortly before Jones’ trial began.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.