In a fit of rage, conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones said he “has no regrets anymore” when he took the stand Thursday during his second libel trial for saying the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting it was a hoax.
“Is this a wrestling session? Are we in China?” He exclaimed during his testimony after remembering those who were killed and showing a clip of Robbie Parker at a press conference the day after his daughter Emilie was killed in the mass shooting. from 2012.
“I’ve already said I’m sorry a hundred times and I’m done saying I’m sorry,” Jones said.
Several of the victims’ families were sitting in the courtroom Thursday, many in tears during parts of the testimony.
Jones defiantly said he believed Sandy Hook to be a hoax when he spread his lies. “I legitimately thought it might have been staged and I stand by it. I make no apologies for it.”
He also referred to the families’ lawyer as part of the “liberals” who “kill Iraqis” and can “turn emotions on and off whenever they want.”
Jones is on trial in Waterbury, Connecticut, about 20 miles from Newtown, where the shooting occurred. A jury is being asked to decide how much damages it should pay to the families of eight Sandy Hook shooting victims and an FBI agent who responded to the attack, who say their lies about the shooting caused emotional distress and harassment by part of the people. that he 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 21. 14, 2012.
The first day of Jones’ testimony began with a predictably contentious tone, as the presenter made inflammatory comments about the trial on the way to court.
“This is not really a trial,” he said. “This is a show trial, a literal kangaroo court.”
Jones was asked about similar comments he made on his show over the last week. On his show, Jones called Judge Barbara Bellis a “tyrant” and created an online website called “kangaroo court” where viewers can watch the trial. Jones admitted that the comments and the page were on his website, but said they were created by his staff.
Bellis had already entered a default liability 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 show and online that the Sandy Hook shooting was “synthetic” and “false,” and that the families of the victims were “actors.”
Plaintiff’s attorney Christopher Mattei called Jones to testify in the case, but before taking the stand, Bellis prohibited the presenter from speaking on nine topics during his testimony, which included the First Amendment, his bankruptcy case or his trial. in Texas.
In a separate civil trial 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 attack.
Thursday’s trial produced several contentious moments in which Jones’ attorney demurred, requiring the jury to leave the courtroom multiple times to resolve legal issues between the attorneys.
Alex Jones defamation lawsuits
- Alex Jones is facing trial for libel in Connecticut after being found guilty of spreading lies that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax.
- This is the second such trial for Jones, who has already 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 referred to as “hooliganism.”
Jones said in his testimony that $8 million in donations made on the Infowars crypto page 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 then said that he then transfers those funds to company accounts.
Jones told the jury that his company keeps a portion of the product sales because “we’re fighting the deep state, we need money.”
Jones said that “crushing the globalists” was more important to him than his reputation and credibility.
The presenter also doubled down on previous theories that the plaintiff’s attorney planted child pornography in the emails Jones sent them. That matter 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 that it bothered him that the outlet was “spreading lies” about him.
Jones will continue a second day of testimony on Friday, when he is expected to be questioned by his attorneys.