A Texas judge has tossed out Alex Jones’ request to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by the father of a 6-year-old who was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre.
The InfoWars conspiracy monger got slapped down on Thursday by State District Judge Scott Jenkins, who also declined to dismiss a similar lawsuit filed by a man who claims to have been wrongly identified on the website.
Neil Heslin, meanwhile, argues that Jones spread “defamatory lies” about his son and the other 19 children and six adults who died in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He claims that InfoWars posted an article about him, questioning comments he made about holding his boy and observing the bullet wound in his head.
“This heartless and vile act of defamation reignited the Sandy Hook ‘false flag’ conspiracy and tore open the emotional wounds that (Heslin) has tried so desperately to heal,” Heslin’s lawsuit says, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Jones has since admitted that the Sandy Hook killings occurred. His attorneys defended his speech in court as “rhetorical hyperbole,” but denied it was defamation.
Jones has previously gone on record, alleging that the Sandy Hook killings were a “hoax” carried out by “actors.” He has since backtracked, though, and admitted he was wrong.
“I believe Sandy Hook happened,” Jones said in a YouTube video back in April. “Early on, I was being bullied by internet folks to say that nobody died…And when I wouldn’t say nobody died in the debates and I would actually side with those that said that people did die, they would say that I was a government agent … that I was an actor meant to cover up Sandy Hook.”
Jones is also being sued by several other Sandy Hook parents, including two families who were dubbed “crisis actors.”
“Even after these folks had to experience this trauma, for the next five years they were tormented by Alex Jones with vicious lies about them,” Mark Bankston, the lawyer for both cases, told the Huffington Post earlier this year. “And these lies were meant to convince his audience that the Sandy Hook parents are frauds and have perpetrated a sinister lie on the American people.”
With Post wires
Published at Fri, 31 Aug 2018 01:00:24 +0000