Sandy Hook dad and mom face Alex Jones in defamation trial

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Parents who lost their 6-year-old son in the Sandy Hook massacre confronted right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in court Tuesday, saying his claims that the deadliest elementary school shooting in U.S. history was a “huge hoax” created a “live.” hell’ for them.

Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, Jesse Lewis, who was killed in a shooting in 2012. Newtown, USA, parents are demanding $150 million in a defamation lawsuit.

Heslin, who took the stand before Jones arrived at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin on Tuesday, spoke of his grief, compounded by death threats from strangers and abuse that left his parents fearing for their lives. “I can’t even describe the last nine and a half years, the hell that I and others have endured because of the recklessness and negligence of Alex Jones,” Heslin told the jury.

26 people were killed in the shooting, 20 of them young children. Jones told his audience that it was a “false flag” operation by “crisis actors”.

“My son existed,” Jesse’s tearful mother said as she directed her testimony at Jones. “There are records of Jesse’s birth.”

The jury in Austin, where Infowars is headquartered, will not hear evidence of defamation as Judge Maya Guerra Gamble fell into a rare default judgment against Jones after he refused to turn over documents to the parents’ attorneys. Instead, a jury will determine how much compensatory and punitive damages Jones must pay.

Infowars’ parent company, Free Speech Systems, made the request bankruptcy last week, according to Jones’ attorney, who said the company would not intervene in the defamation suit.

Alex Jones’ media company filed for bankruptcy during the Sandy Hook trial

Lewis emphasized that she was not part of any “deep state” conspiracy theory. “I know you know that. This is the problem… and you keep repeating it, why? For money?” she asked. Jones shook his head.

“I find it so incredible that we have to do this — that we have to beg you … to stop lying,” Lewis. said. “I am very happy that this day is here. I’m actually relieved… to have to tell you all this.

Heslin testified that it was unclear whether the conspiracy theory started with Jones, but said it was Jones who “lighted the match and started the fire” and reached millions with his Infowars platform.

A forensic psychologist who testified said Heslin and Lewis suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jones previously admitted that the shooting happened and blamed his false claims on “some form of psychosis.” He testified Tuesday that he expected an apology and that his comments were taken out of context.

“I never tried to hurt you on purpose. I never even said your name until it came to court — I didn’t know who you were until it came out,” Jones said. “The Internet had questions. I had questions.”

During his testimony, Lewis bluntly asked Jones, “Do you think I’m an actor?”

He replied, “No, I don’t think you’re an actor.”

Jones, 48, was banned major social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Spotify for infringing them hate politics. Judges in Connecticut and Texas have also found Jones is responsible for damages in claims arising out of his false claims.

Jones described the trial as a “witch hunt” and a “show trial.” tirade to reporters last month.

Timothy Bella contributed to this report.

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