A Connecticut judge on Wednesday scorned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and fined him $25,000 a day until he sits for testimony in a defamation lawsuit filed by relatives of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting became.
Ones, founder of the right-wing Infowars website, who claimed the shooting was a hoax, failed to obey court orders to appear for testimony on March 23 and 24, said Connecticut Superior Court Justice Barbara Bellis , during an online hearing.
His attorneys had attempted to explain his absence by alleging that “Jones stayed at home under his doctor’s supervision while he was actually working in his studios and airing his show,” Judge Bellis said, referring to a podcast produced by Jones .
She gave Jones until April 15 to complete a two-day testimony, a goal that would “clean up” the contempt verdict. Beginning April 1, the court would fine him $25,000 each weekday until he testified, the judge ruled.
“Alex Jones willfully and maliciously violated, without justification, several clear court orders requiring his presence at testimony,” the judge said.
The defamation lawsuit has already been ruled in favor of the families of the shooting victims, with the judge ruling in November that Jones’ failure to produce documents caused default and liability for damages to the plaintiffs.
Wednesday’s online hearing came a day after Sandy Hook’s families rejected an offer by Jones to pay each of the 13 plaintiffs $120,000 to settle the lawsuit.
Plaintiffs are suing Jones in response to his allegations that the shooting, which killed 20 children and six school employees, never happened. He had claimed the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was fabricated by gun control advocates and the mainstream media.
In response, several parents sued Jones and Infowars, as well as the parent company, for defamation in both Austin, Texas and Waterbury, Connecticut. Infowars is based in Texas.
According to court records, his rejected offer to the plaintiffs included a statement that read, in part, “Mr. Jones sincerely apologizes for any distress his comments have caused.”
Each of the plaintiffs immediately rejected the offer, saying it was “a transparent and desperate attempt by Alex Jones to avoid public reckoning under oath with his fraudulent, profit-making campaign against the plaintiffs and the memory of their loved ones lost at Sandy Hook.” .
https://www.independent.ie/news/conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-found-in-contempt-of-court-fined-25000-a-day-over-sandy-hook-lawsuit-deposition-41505492.html Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been fined $25,000 a day for the Sandy Hook deposition for contempt of court