Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $49.3M Total Over Sandy Hook Lies

The trial is the first time Jones has been held financially liable for peddling lies about the 2012 attack in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Economic expert Bernard Pettingill is called to testify to discuss the net worth of Alex Jones and Free Speech Systems Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Jurors were asked to assess punitive damages against InfoWars host Alex Jones after awarding $4.1 million in actual damages to the parents of Jesse Lewis on Thursday. (Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury ordered Infowars’ Alex Jones to pay $49.3 million in total damages to the parents of a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which the conspiracy theorist falsely called a hoax orchestrated by the government in order to tighten U.S. gun laws. The amount is less than the $150 million sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was among 19…

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