InfoWars founder Alex Jones mocked the verdict on Wednesday awarding families almost $1 billion in the defamation lawsuit brought against him following the massacre of students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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The Connecticut jury awarded the judgment of $965 million to the family members of eight victims slaughtered in the 2012 Newtown school shooting. The FBI agent who responded to the shooting also received damages. That is in addition to attorneys’ fees and nearly $50 million Jones was ordered by a Texas jury to pay to the parents of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis in August.
Alex Jones spent years claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut was a government hoax aimed at restricting gun access. Twenty first-graders and six adults were killed in that murder spree.
Jones was reportedly not in the courtroom at the time of the judgment. Instead, he was live-streaming and laughing at the mindbending verdict, assuring his viewers that he has no plans to actually pay the astronomical sum.
“As the jury reads the damages and the Sandy Hook parents weep, Alex Jones is on his broadcast, laughing and assuring his audience that he won’t actually be paying any of this money. ‘Do these people actually think they’re getting any of this money?'” NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny tweeted regarding Jones’ reaction to the verdict.
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“Ain’t no money,” Jones asserted on his show as the verdict was being read out loud. He pointed out that he is in bankruptcy and then asked his viewers to donate money to keep his company afloat, vowing that none of the money would go to the awarded damages. He has been accused of hiding assets to avoid paying the families of Sandy Hook victims that he purportedly defamed.
“Fifty-seven million! Twenty million! 50 million! 80 million! 100 million! Blah, blah. You get a million, you get 100 million! You get the 50 million!” he declared, mocking the verdict.
“This must be what Hell’s like, they just read out the damages,” Jones remarked. “Even though you don’t got the money.”
Alex Jones live-reacted to the latest verdict against him with cheers and fist-pumps. pic.twitter.com/iDz7H3fPV1
— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) October 12, 2022
He mocked the judgment even further by stating, “Why not make it trillions?”
Jones went on to claim, “We’ve lost count, it’s in the billions.”
Alex Jones is hoping there's a cap on these damages and is now just mocking the verdict. "Why not make it trillions?"
This is not an amount he can fundraise or sell supplements to get out of.
Even Jones gave up trying to add up damages: "We've lost count, it's in the billions."
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 12, 2022
Harry Litman, who is a lawyer and a political commentator, told MSNBC that the debt could shadow Jones forever.
“We’re talking about such outsized numbers that even if he’s able to bob and weave some, I just don’t see how he winds up anything but basically broke now for the rest of his life,” Litman surmised.
Harry Litman reacts to jury ordering Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion to Sandy Hook families: "We're talking about such outsized numbers that even if he's able to bob and weave some, I just don't see how he winds up anything but basically broke now for the rest of his life." pic.twitter.com/PvK90nm2UV
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 12, 2022
“They want to scare us away from questioning Uvalde or Parkland,” Jones said, according to NBC correspondent Ben Collins. “We’re not going away. We’re not going to stop.”
Attorneys for the Sandy Hook families said at a press conference following the verdict that they intend to go over Jones’ assets with a fine-tooth comb, according to Business Insider.
“Rest assured that we … will be coordinating to ensure those assets are available for recovery for the victims,” attorney Chris Mattei stated.
Another attorney accused Jones of making millions off his lies.
“How much beet juice has he sold? How much bogus iodine supplements, whatever else he sells at great markup to his gullible listeners?” attorney Josh Koskoff asked.
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