Years after InfoWars host Alex Jones berated the families in Sandy Hook who lost small children to a school shooting, calling them “crisis actors” and liars, the infamously disgusting radio host will finally be held accountable for his actions, at least in the first part of what is sure to hit Jones exactly where it will hurt most: his bank account.
BREAKING: A jury ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages to Sandy Hook parents. It still must decide punitive damages. https://t.co/hCaHP052d0
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 4, 2022
On Thursday, the presiding judge in Jones’ defamation case announced the jury’s decision to award actual damages to the parents of one Sandy Hook child in the amount of $4M. The parents sued for $150M. On Friday, the amount Jones will be forced to pay for punitive damages, damages to cover the damage he did, including inspiring his listeners to attack the grieving parents’ homes, which forced them to move themselves and their other children away.
The Associated Press reports that:
‘The parents testified Tuesday about how they’ve endured a decade of trauma, inflicted first by the murder of their son and what followed: gun shots fired at a home, online and phone threats, and harassment on the street by strangers. They said the threats and harassment were all fueled by Jones and his conspiracy theory spread to his followers via his website Infowars.’
Twitter agreed that $4M is not nearly enough to send the right message to “entertainers” who wish to profit off the pain of grieving families with lies and conspiracy theories, but more of Jones’ accountability should come tomorrow. Read some of Twitter’s comments below: