Sandy Hooks shooting denier Alex Jones has finally admitted that the most deadly school massacre in American history wasn’t a hoax after 10 years of causing victims’ parents ‘utter misery.’
The InfoWars host squirmed and sweated in his seat at trial after agreeing it was irresponsible of him to declare the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a hoax and that he now believes it was ‘100% real.’
Hours after 26 people were shot and killed at a school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, Jones began spouting false claims that the killings didn’t happen.
And now more than 10 years later, the conspiracy theorists’ comments are catching up with him as he’s finally going to be held accountable in court after his sensational admission today.
A 12-person jury will now decide how much he owes the devastated victims’ parents for damage and harm his lies have caused them over the span of a decade.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones finally folds: After peddling lies about America’s deadliest school shooting Sandy Hooks, he admitted in trial today that it was ‘100% real’ after causing insurmountable stress to victims’ families for nearly a decade
Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, becomes emotional during his testimony for the trial against Alex Jones
Scarlett Lewis, mother of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, tells Alex Jones while testifying in court, ‘you’re not going to stop,’ at the Travis County Courthouse during the trial against Jones
In the aftermath of 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza’s deadly school shooting, Jones started telling people through his radio show and website that the murders never happened – and in some cases, that the children being mourned didn’t exist.
He claimed that the deadly shooting was ‘staged’ and ‘completely fake’, carried out by ‘actors’ as a ‘giant hoax’.
Jones claimed that Sandy Hooks was an ‘operation’ engineered by the government to take away Second Amendment rights and promote stricter gun control laws.
At trial this week, the parents of Jesse Heslin, 6, who was among the 26 people killed in the 2012 attack at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, have said an apology will not be enough.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis said that Jones needed to be held accountable for repeatedly spreading falsehoods about the shooting, and are seeking at least $150million in the deformation case against Jones and his media company, Free Speech Systems.
The devastated parents spoke about the onslaught of abuse online, harassment, and death threats they have received because of what Jones trumpeted on social media about the massacre being a hoax.
Following Jones’ horrific lies, memorials to the victims were defaced and several families moved from the area to get away from the agony.
Jones has claimed the trial is a way for others to attack his Freedom of Speech. Pictured: Jones arrived in Texas court for his defamation trial on Tuesday with a piece of tape over his mouth that said ‘Save the 1st’ Amendment
Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis (above) said she feared for her life and confronted Jones on the stand as he said he did not believe she was an actor
Jones — who has portrayed the lawsuit against him as an attack on his — told the jury that any compensation above $2 million ‘will sink us,’ but added: ‘I think it’s appropriate for whatever you decide what you want to do.’
He had previously declaring under oath at the defamation hearing that there were no messages about Sandy Hook on his phone – but squirmed when he discovered that his team sent a digital copy of every text and email about the school shooting.
Attorney Mark Banston, working for the Sandy Hook parents, revealed that they received the information 12 days ago, spanning years.
In a gripping exchange, Lewis spoke directly to Jones, who was sitting about 10 feet away.
Earlier that day, Jones was on his broadcast program telling his audience that Heslin is ‘slow’ and being manipulated by bad people.
At one point, Lewis asked Jones: ‘Do you think I’m an actor?’
‘No, I don’t think you’re an actor,’ Jones responded before the judge admonished him to be quiet until called to testify.
Heslin labelled Jones a ‘psychopath’ and called him ‘cowardly’ for skilling the father’s testimony – while telling the denier that his family live in constant fear.
Jones was the only person who testified in his own defense. His attorney asked him if he now understands it was ‘absolutely irresponsible’ to push the false claims that the massacre didn’t happen and no one died.
Jones said he does, but added, ‘They (the media) won’t let me take it back.’
He also complained that he’s been ‘typecast as someone that runs around talking about Sandy Hook, makes money off Sandy Hook, is obsessed by Sandy Hook.’
Under a withering cross-examination from attorney Mark Bankston, Jones acknowledged his history of raising conspiracy claims regarding other mass tragedies, from the Oklahoma City and Boston Marathon bombings to the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida.
Bankston then went after Jones’ credibility, showing an Infowars video clip from last week when a host — not Jones — claimed the trial was rigged and featuring a photo of the judge in flames. Then came another clip of Jones asking if the jury was selected from a group of people ‘who don’t know what planet’ they live on.
Jones said he didn’t mean that part literally.
Bankston said Jones hadn’t complied with court orders to provide text message and emails for pretrial evidence gathering.
Jones said, ‘I don’t use email,’ then was showed one gathered from another source that came from his email address. He replied: ‘I must have dictated that.’
Jones repeatedly claimed that the 2012 massacre, which left 20 students and six teachers dead, was a ‘hoax’ and had been ‘staged’
Jesse, 6, was one of the 26 victims shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. His parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis have both testified against Jones in the trial
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble instructed the jury that the entire contents of the phone was ‘not properly turned over when it should have been’
Alex Jones, pictured in court today, has admitted that the Sandy Hook massacre was ‘100 per cent real’ and was not a hoax during his defamation trial
Grieving Heslin told the jury about holding his son with a bullet hole through his head, even describing the extent of the damage to his son’s body. A key segment of the case is a 2017 Infowars broadcast that said Heslin didn’t hold his son.
The jury was shown a school picture of a smiling Jesse taken two weeks before he was killed. The parents didn’t receive the photo until after the shooting.
They described how Jesse was known for telling classmates to ‘run!’ which likely saved lives.
Jones initially took the stand later Tuesday. At one point the judge sent the jury out of the courtroom and strongly scolded Jones for telling the jury he had complied with pretrial evidence gathering even though he didn’t and that he is bankrupt, which has not been determined.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys were furious about Jones mentioning he is bankrupt, which they worry will taint the jury’s decisions about damages.
‘This is not your show,’ Judge Maya Guerra Gamble told Jones. ‘Your beliefs do not make something true. You are under oath.’
Last September, the judge admonished Jones in her default judgment over his failure to turn over documents requested by the Sandy Hook families.
A court in Connecticut issued a similar default judgment against Jones for the same reasons in a separate lawsuit brought by other Sandy Hook parents.
At stake in the trial is how much Jones will pay. The parents have asked the jury to award $150 million in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The jury will then consider whether Jones and his company will pay punitive damages.
Jones has already tried to protect Free Speech Systems financially. The company, which is Infowars’ parent company, filed for federal bankruptcy protection last week.
Sandy Hook families have separately sued Jones over his financial claims, arguing that the company is trying to protect millions owned by Jones and his family through shell entities.