Alex Jones says his defamation trial was  ‘CORDINATED AND RUN’ by billionaire George Soros

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones immediately took to the airwaves after the verdict in his defamation trial on Friday – which will see him be forced to pay nearly $50million in damages to the family of slain six-year-old Jesse Lewis. 

Lewis was among the 20 children who were shot dead by crazed gunman Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Another six people were killed in the massacre.

For years Jones claimed on his InfoWars platform that the shooting in Newton was a ‘false flag’ operation perpetrated by the US government to further gun control.

In his Friday broadcast, Jones claimed the trial against him was ‘coordinated and run’ by billionaire philanthropist George Soros and ‘operatives.’ He did not identify the other ‘operatives’ by name.

The host also accused Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of being a ‘blue-haired SJW’ and insinuated that she was corrupt by saying that she ‘altered the record of the trial.’ ‘SJW’ stands for Social Justice Warrior. 

In his Friday broadcast, Jones claimed that the trial against him was ‘coordinated and run’ by billionaire philanthropist George Soros and ‘operatives’

The host also accused Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of being a 'blue-haired SJW' and insinuated that she was corrupt by saying that she 'altered the record of the trial'

The host also accused Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of being a ‘blue-haired SJW’ and insinuated that she was corrupt by saying that she ‘altered the record of the trial’

Jones said that the estimates of his net worth are wildly inaccurate and said that his actual net worth was closer to $5 million

Jones said that the estimates of his net worth are wildly inaccurate and said that his actual net worth was closer to $5 million

Jones alleged that Gamble turned off the livestream at certain points when his lawyer’s were speaking in attempt to discredit him. 

Jones said: ‘This is beyond any kangaroo rigged court ever.’ 

He went on to say that the judge was ‘coordinating with the corporate media’ who were present in the courtroom covering the trial. 

The host also took aim at Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis’ main lawyer, Mark Bankston, calling him an ‘ambulance chaser.’ 

Economist Bernard Pettingill Jr. reveals Alex Jones' estimated net worth and yearly revenue across all of his companies, including offshore account

Economist Bernard Pettingill Jr. reveals Alex Jones’ estimated net worth and yearly revenue across all of his companies, including offshore account

Next in the firing line was forensic economist Bernard Pettingill, who on Friday testified that he believed Alex Jones’ net worth to be close to $270 million.  

Pettingill testified on behalf of Lewis’ parents that Jones ‘promulgated some hate speech and some misinformation’ and ‘made a lot of money.’ 

Jones referred to ‘Pettingil’ as being ‘dandruff covered’ and that he looked as though he was wearing a wig. Jones also that Pettingill looked at him like ‘he wanted to kill’ him. 

Speaking about his supposed Pettingil’s testimony, Jones said that his team were forbidden from calling a rebuttal expert and were only allowed to cross-examine. 

He denied having a net worth anything close to what Pettingil alleged. Jones said that his net worth was less than $5 million.

Following Thursday's verdict of $4 million in damages, Jones, who was not present in court on Friday, bizarrely invited the Heslin and Lewis to appear on his show 'to discuss feelings about how the trial unfolded

Following Thursday’s verdict of $4 million in damages, Jones, who was not present in court on Friday, bizarrely invited the Heslin and Lewis to appear on his show ‘to discuss feelings about how the trial unfolded

In court, Scarlett Lewis said: 'This is an important day for truth, for justice and I couldn't be happier. This has been a long battle, a long time spent — 10 years — and to have the result a strong message to the world that literally, choosing love is what we need to do

In court, Scarlett Lewis said: ‘This is an important day for truth, for justice and I couldn’t be happier. This has been a long battle, a long time spent — 10 years — and to have the result a strong message to the world that literally, choosing love is what we need to do

Jones said that the biggest financial year for his company as $70 million gross. He said: ‘It’s not bad to make money. I wish we have a lot more money. We could do a lot more and not be so desperately trying to cling to stay on air.’

Speaking about the revelation that his lawyers handed over a digital copy of his cell phone to the opposition team, Jones said that he willingly handed over a copy of the phone. 

Erika Wulff Jones, wife of the InfoWars host, tweeted following the verdict: ‘I just want to thank everyone for the well wishes, and prayers. We are actually stronger than ever. God bless!’ 

In his closing statement, a lawyer for the victims’ families said: ‘Alex Jones is worth almost $270 million that we know of. Please take an amount that punishes him, and an amount that ensures he never does this again.’

This is the first of three trials that Jones will face in relation to his claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax. Last year, he was found guilty of defaming the families of the victims. 

Two others are set for September, one in Texas and one in Connecticut, where the shooting took place. A total of eight families will be represented in the Connecticut trial.   

Scarlett Lewis tweeted in the aftermath of the jury’s decision: ‘Sandy Hook happened. Jesse was a hero. Alex Jones was held accountable. Today the jury proved that most of America is ready to choose love over fear and I’ll be forever grateful to them.’ 

She added: ‘Ironically, Alex Jones ended up giving me a larger platform to share Jesse’s story and message.’ Lewis posted a link to her Choose Love Movement charity’s website. 

In court, Lewis said: ‘This is an important day for truth, for justice and I couldn’t be happier. This has been a long battle, a long time spent — 10 years — and to have the result a strong message to the world that literally, choosing love is what we need to do.’

She continued: ‘I got to look into his eyes and I got to tell him the impact his actions had on me and my family. And not just us — all the other Sandy Hook families, all the people that live in Sandy Hook and then the ripple effect that that had throughout the world. That was a cathartic moment for me.’ 

Lewis told the media: 'This is an important day for truth, for justice and I couldn't be happier. This has been a long battle, a long time spent — 10 years — and to have the result a strong message to the world that literally, choosing love is what we need to do'

Lewis told the media: ‘This is an important day for truth, for justice and I couldn’t be happier. This has been a long battle, a long time spent — 10 years — and to have the result a strong message to the world that literally, choosing love is what we need to do’

Jesse Lewis' mother, Scarlett Lewis addresses the media following the verdict in Austin

Jesse Lewis’ mother, Scarlett Lewis addresses the media following the verdict in Austin

Following Thursday’s verdict of $4 million in damages, Jones, who was not present in court on Friday, bizarrely invited the Heslin and Lewis to appear on his show ‘to discuss feelings about how the trial unfolded.’

For years Jones claimed on his InfoWars platform that the shooting in Newton was a ‘false flag’ operation perpetrated by the US government to further gun control.   

Jones’ lawyer, Federico Andino Reynal, immediately objected to the ruling citing a Texas law that caps plaintiff compensation at $750,000 per person. 

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble acknowledged the objection. Speaking the media outside of the courtroom, Reynal said: ‘We are very pleased with the result. We think the jury seriously considered the issues. We think the verdict was too high.’ 

 How is Alex Jones worth $270 Million?

Economist Bernard Pettingill testified Friday that Alex Jones and his company’s net worth could be as high as $270 million.

Pettingill said Jones rakes in approximately $70 million a year from his website Infowars.com.

He added Jones likely makes a significant amount from products he sells, like vitamin supplements called Anthroplex and Survival Shield X-2. 

He tracked Jones’ funds and found the media figure brought in $165 million from September 2015 to December 2018. 

Infowars reportedly garners over 3 million unique readers and 25 million total site views a month, which Pettingill said contributes to his finances.

He also said Jones took a $54 million loan from one of his companies, which makes his net worth appear smaller.

 Over three years, ‘It averages to $53.2 million-a-year, but that is the starting point,’ Pettingill said.

Jones also withdrew $61.9 million from Free Speech Systems in 2021 and another $18 million from 2015-2016.

 

He went on: ‘Alex Jones will be on the air today, and he will be on the air next week. He’s going to keep doing his job holding our power structure accountable.’

In an interview with Fox Austin, Reynal was asked about Jones’ reaction to the verdict. He said: ‘His reaction was that he’d been found guilty before he ever had a chance to defend this case on the merits. The First Amendment is under siege, and he looks forward to continuing the fight.’

Judge Gamble went on to say she was not blocking Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin’s lawyers from handing over Jones’ phone data to law enforcement. On Wednesday, it emerged that Jones’ lawyers accidentally sent his phone’s data to the Lewis and Heslin’s lawyers. The data contained two years of text messages. 

After the judge left the court, one of the plaintiff’s lawyers, Mark Bankston, said: ‘I’ll take it,’ in response to the verdict. 

The damages break down as $4.2 million for defaming Neil Heslin, $20.5 million to Heslin for mental anguish and $20.5 million to Scarlett Lewis for mental anguish. 

During the trial, the parents testified that they received harassment and even death threats from Jones’ fans after he made repeated false claims about the shooting. 

‘We ask that you send a very, very simple message, and that is: stop Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies,’ Wesley Todd Ball, a lawyer for the parents, told jurors before they began deliberations. 

Reynal asked jurors to return a verdict of $270,000 based on the number of hours Infowars devoted to Sandy Hook coverage.

The 12-person jury on Thursday said Jones must pay the parents $4.1 million in compensatory damages for spreading conspiracy theories about the massacre. That verdict followed a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, where Jones’ radio show and webcast InfoWars are based.  

In an interview with Inside Edition, Jones’ ex-wife, Kelly Jones, said: ‘I know that he’s hidden money. I think he’s got a lot of buckets under a lot of shelves.’

She added: ‘Alex is truly mentally ill. To me, he should be protected from himself and others. He doesn’t have any moral compass, he lives in his own universe and he is a very, in my opinion, delusional man.’  

Jones sought to distance himself from the conspiracy theories during his testimony, apologizing to the parents and acknowledging that Sandy Hook was ‘100% real.’

Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems LLC, declared bankruptcy last week. Jones said during a Monday broadcast that the filing will help the company stay on the air while it appeals.

The bankruptcy declaration paused a similar defamation suit by Sandy Hook parents in Connecticut where, as in Texas, he has already been found liable.

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