Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified Thursday in his second Sandy Hook defamation trial for the lies spread about those killed in a school shooting.
Jones avoided questions and claimed ignorance throughout the day of testimony in which he denied having a role in the Infowars video attacking the current court proceedings, claiming it was not known how much money the store made because Infowars promoted its coverage of “Kangaroo Court”. ,
“I think it’s a deep-seated situation,” Jones said of the test on the stands.
For years, Jones used his conspiracy platform Infowars to falsely claim the 2012 Connecticut shooting, which killed 20 children and six adults, was a staged one with “crisis actors”. Jones, who has already lost the case via default judgment, will soon find out how much a jury in the state where the shooting took place will pay him to the families he lied about.
Attorney Chris Mattei, representing the Sandy Hook plaintiffs, told Jones about the damage caused to the grieving family members. In one exchange, Jones tried to claim that he didn’t parent actors, despite doing so on video several times over the years.
Chris Mattei: “For years and years and years, you called these families actors, right?”
Alex Jones: “No.”
Mattei: “You called [Sandy Hook parent] Robbie Parker an actor many times, right?
Jones: “I said it looked like he was acting out.”
Mattei filed a lawsuit filed by Jones against media company The Young Turks in 2019 after the group falsely claimed that Jones sent child abuse material to Sandy Hook lawyers when handing over search documents. But the material came from an external source in an email sent to Infowars that was not opened by Jones, but was included in the search documents. Mattei asked whether Jones’ reputation had been damaged by the spread of the lies.
“I think it’s fair to say,” agreed Jones.
Mattei then pulled up an exhibition showing that The Young Turk’s misleading story got just 20 retweets and 37 likes on Twitter.
“Your lie about Sandy Hook just got to 550 million on social media. Did you miss that testimony?” Matty asked Jones again.
“Yeah, I remember it,” murmured Jones. “absurd.”
Evidence shown to a jury last week skyrocketed as Infowars spread lies about shootings, traffic and sales.
For example, in September 2015, Infowars published a bogus story titled “FBI Says Nobody Killed at Sandy Hook Massacre”. According to sales figures shown in the test, revenue from the Infowars store — which sells an amalgamation of survival gear and dietary supplements — saw an increase of nearly $200,000 on the day it published its false claim.
While profits at Infowars soared, the families of those killed in the shooting faced harassment. Erica Lafferty, whose mother Don Lafferty was principal at Hochsprung Sandy Hook, testified Wednesday about how Hoxers threatened her with death and rape in the mail after her mother was murdered.
“For 27 years of my life, that woman was my best friend,” Lafferty said on the stand Wednesday. “And for people to tell me she didn’t exist, how do you let it happen?”
Lafferty testified that the harassment he faced caused him to be shaken five times. Even today, she said she has to use a nickname when calling for a car or checking into a hotel.
The harassment “was swallowing me whole,” she said. As Lafferty testified on the stand, Jones stood outside the courtroom, revealing in front of cameras how the trial was unfair to him.