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Alex Jones Sits For Depositions In Sandy Hook Case To Avoid More Fines, Compares Experience To A 'Hallucination'
Infowars host Alex Jones was found liable for defamation for promulgating false theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre.
Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has sat through two days of depositions this week to avoid paying more in fines regarding a defamation suit brought against him in Connecticut by families of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre.
Jones “sat for two full days of depositions at the Plaintiffs’ counsel’s office as the Court ordered” on both Tuesday and Wednesday, Jones’ attorneys state in a Wednesday court filing.
Last week, Fairfield District Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis held Jones, 48, in contempt for failing to comply with multiple orders to sit for a deposition for the Sandy Hook families’ attorneys in late March, NBC News reports. She also fined the Infowars host, ordering him to pay tens of thousands of dollars for every day he failed to provide testimony. Jones paid $75,000 over the past few days – $25,000 on Friday and $50,000 on Monday, according to the filing.
Jones’ attorneys are hoping that the paid fines and Jones’ presence will squash the daily fines. They also said that Jones missed the previous depositions because of health issues.
In their filing, Jones’ attorneys “ask the Court to enter an immediate order finding that Mr. Jones has purged his contempt and articulating that it will not require him to pay a daily fine so that no confusion exists over whether he must continue to pay it.”
In a video posted on the Infowars website on Tuesday, and self-described as “banned video,” Jones said he sat with the plaintiffs' lawyer for 10 hours, describing the experience as "next level, like a hallucination or something."
“They started out demonizing me, that I believe in a New World Order and a global government,” he said. “Just absolute tyranny.”
However, he said he provided “every" document he was asked for and he did admit to making some mistakes with reporting on Sandy Hook, a Connecticut school shooting in which 26 people were killed at an elementary school in 2012. Most were first graders.
“Here’s the big takeaway, and I’ll just admit it,” Jones said. “I could’ve done a better job on Sandy Hook. Some of the anomalies that we reported on were not accurate, and I admitted it years before I was sued.”
In November, Bellis had found Jones liable by default in the fourth defamation case brought against him for claiming the shooting was a hoax; in turn, he was found guilty by default of all four defamation suits brought against him regarding the tragedy. The depositions are for a coming trial to determine how much Jones should pay the plaintiffs: eight victims' families and an FBI agent.