Right-wing American journalist, owner of the Infowars media company and supporter of diverse conspiracy theories Alex Jones sentenced to pay another $45.2 million in damages for spreading false information about shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012. The verdict was handed down by a jury on Friday, August 5, in the Texas city of Austin. The day before, Jones had already been sentenced to damages in excess of $4 million. As a result, the amount of the fine amounted to nearly $50 million.

Influential journalist and Trump supporter

During the massacre at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, the perpetrator shot 20 children and six adults before committing suicide. Meanwhile, Jones subsequently repeatedly claimed that there was no attack at all. According to him, the incident was staged by hired actors in order to tighten American gun laws. As a result, several parents sued Jones.

Alex Jones, who has great influence in right-wing circles and a supporter of former US President Donald Trump, made a lot of money spreading conspiracy theories. In particular, he claimed that the US government was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.

Jones also supported Trump’s false claim that his defeat in the presidential election was the result of massive fraud. The journalist was also in Washington when radical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. As part of this case, he was interrogated behind closed doors by a parliamentary commission of inquiry on investigation into the storming of the Capitol.

In April, Jones filed for bankruptcy for his media company, Infowars. And last week, he also announced the bankruptcy of another company he owns – Free Speech Systems.

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