TexasConspiracy theorist Alex Jones lied about 2012, jury findsConnecticutsandy hook elementary schoolShootingThe case was a scandal, and $45.2 million in punitive damages was to be paid to the family of the death of a 6-year-old.
The jury ruled yesterday that Jones must pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages for causing emotional distress to the family, adding $45.2 million in punitive damages today for a total of $49.3 million.
Reuters reported that the accused were Neil Heslin and Scarlett Scarlett, parents of 6-year-old victim Jesse Lewis. Scarlett Lewis. He testified that Jones’ followers harassed him and threatened him with death for years, misleadingly believing he had lied about his son’s death.
On December 14, 2012, twenty students and six staff were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Jones, 48, has claimed on his website Infowars and a popular radio show for years that the shooting was “orchestrated” by gun control advocates, but recently testified in an attempt to correlate with conspiracy theories. Draw lines, apologize to the plaintiff. , and acknowledges that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is “100 percent real.”
The parents were seeking $145.9 million in punitive damages and $150 million in compensatory damages.
His attorney, Wesley Todd Ball, told jurors earlier today: “We ask you to send a very simple message, and that is to stop Jones from making money from misinformation and lies.”
Lawyers for both companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment after the verdict.
The Associated Press noted that Jones faced two similar trials later this year in Texas and Connecticut.