Alex Jones, the conspiracy hate monger who has repeatedly defamed families of Sandy Hook elementary school massacre victims, is being slammed by lawsuits that could finally sink his fetid radio and video broadcasts.
Six families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting and an FBI agent who responded to the scene, filed a defamation lawsuit today (May 23) against the schlock radio personality.
Twenty children and six educators died in the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at in Newtown, Conn. But Jones has repeatedly claimed the shooting was staged.
Other defendants include Wolfgang Halbig, a Florida man who founded the now-defunct website SandyHookJustice, his associate Cory Sklanka and Jones’ company Infowars.
Jones’ strongly opinionated weekly radio and podcast diatribes has pushed the envelope on fake news and conspiracy mongering to obscene new lows.
The latest lawsuits, filed in Bridgeport, Conn., mark the beginning of the end for his shtick–for lack of a better word.
The latest lawsuits claim Jones has engaged in “a years-long campaign of abusive and outrageous false statements” against Sandy Hook families.
“While the nation recoiled at the terrible reality of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Alex Jones saw an opportunity,” the families’ attorney Josh Koskoff said.
“He went on a sustained attack that has lasted for years, accusing shattered family members of being actors, stating as fact that the shooting itself was a hoax and inciting others to act on these malicious lies,” he added.
Among his false and defamatory statements, Jones, on Sept. 25, 2014, said a video taken on the day of the shooting showed the same children being cycled in and out of the school. He also claimed there were no emergency helicopters, concluding that the massacre was “clearly staged.”
In another fabrication, Jones said in Jan. 13, 2015: “Yeah, so, Sandy Hook is a synthetic completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured,” according to court papers.
“As a result of Jones’ campaign,” the families and Aldenberg have been “forced to endure malicious and cruel abuse at the hands of ruthless unscrupulous people,” according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs called such statements, among others, “outrageous, deeply painful and defamatory.”
Koskoff represents families of four victims: Jacqueline and Mark Barden, parents of Daniel; Nicole and Ian Hockley, parents of Dylan; Francine and David Wheeler, parents of Ben and Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman, parents of Avielle.
He also represents the mother and sisters of first-grade teacher Victoria Leigh Soto and Erica Lafferty-Garbatini, the daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung.
FBI agent Bill Aldenberg is also a plaintiff.
The lawsuit seeks damages of an unspecified amount but in excess of $15,000.
Jones began to unravel a year ago when he became embroiled in a custody battle with his ex-wife. She described Jones as “unhinged” in court papers.
Hamadi Ulukaya, owner of the hugely successful Chobani yogurt company sued Jones for spreading false rumors about his business. Jones claimed immigrant employees at Chobani’s Twin Falls, Idaho factory were responsible for a sex assault and tuberculosis outbreak. Neither claim is true.
Lawyers for Jones tried to claim his on-air persona is not really him. Rather, it’s a “character” he made up. He says he’s not a journalist, but just an “entertainer.”
Tell that to a judge.