In an outburst of anger, conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones said “he’s done being sorry” as he took the stand on Thursday in his second libel trial for saying that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.
“Is this a wrestling session? Are we in China? he exclaimed during his testimony after remembering those who were murdered and showing a clip of Robbie Parker during a press conference the day after his daughter Emilie died in the shooting of mass of 2012.
“I’ve said I’m sorry hundreds of times before and I’m done saying I’m sorry,” Jones said.
Several of the families of the victims sat in the courtroom on Thursday, many crying during parts of the testimony.
A defiant Jones said he believed Sandy Hook was a hoax when he spread his lies. “I legitimately thought it could have been staged and I stand by that. I make no apologies for that.”
He also referred to the families’ lawyer as one of the “liberals” who “have killed Iraqis” and can “turn emotions on and off whenever you want.”
Jones is on trial in Waterbury, Connecticut, about 20 miles from Newtown, where the shooting took place. A jury is being asked to decide how much it should pay in damages to the families of eight Sandy Hook shooting victims and an FBI agent who responded to the attack, all of whom say his lies about the shooting caused emotional distress and harassment by people. who believed his lies.
Twenty children and six educators were killed after a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire on December 14, 2012.
Jones’ first day of testimony began on a contentious tone as the host made inflammatory comments about the trial on his way to the courthouse.
“It’s not really a trial,” he said. “This is a show trial, a true kangaroo court.”
Jones was asked about similar remarks he made on his show last week. On her show, Jones called Judge Barbara Bellis a “bully” and created an online webpage called “Kangaroo Court” where viewers can watch the trial. Jones admitted the remarks and the page were on his website, but said they were created by his staff.
Bellis had previously entered a default judgment against Jones in the defamation lawsuit filed years ago because he failed to comply with the court’s order to turn over the records before trial.
Jones admitted on the stand that for years he repeated false stories on his radio and online show that the Sandy Hook shooting was “synthetic” and a “fake”, and that the families of the victims were victims. “actors”.
Plaintiff’s attorney Christopher Mattei called Jones to testify in the case, but before speaking, Bellis barred the host from talking about nine topics during his testimony, including the First Amendment, his case bankruptcy or trial in Texas.
In a separate civil lawsuit last month, a Texas jury ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million in damages to Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was killed in the offensive.
Thursday’s trial produced several contentious moments in which Jones’ attorney objected, forcing the jury out of the courtroom multiple times to resolve legal issues between the attorneys.
The Alex Jones libel lawsuits
- Alex Jones is facing a libel lawsuit in Connecticut after being found guilty of spreading lies that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax.
- This is the second such lawsuit for Jones, who has previously been ordered to pay at least $4.1 million to a Sandy Hook family.
During his testimony, Jones praised his supporters for putting Infowars stickers on street signs and businesses outside the Connecticut courthouse, which Mattei called “vandalism.”
Jones said in his testimony that $8 million in donations made on the Infowars cryptopage were deposited directly into his personal account.
“When that happens, do you have full and exclusive access to those assets?” Mattei asked. “Yes,” Jones replied, but he later said he then transferred those funds to company accounts.
Jones told jurors his company takes a cut of product sales because ‘we’re fighting the deep state, we need the money’
Jones said “crushing the globalists” was more important to him than his reputation and credibility.
The host also doubled down on previous theories that the plaintiff’s attorney planted child pornography in the emails Jones sent them. That case was the subject of a lawsuit Jones filed in 2019 against Young Turks, a left-leaning online show that accused Jones of sending child pornography.
Jones admitted he was upset that the outlet was “spreading lies” about him.
Jones will continue with a second day of testimony on Friday, when he is expected to be questioned by his attorneys.