Sandy Hook shootings: Alex Jones will have to pay almost a billion for his lies

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Sandy Hook shootings: Alex Jones will have to pay nearly a billion for his lies

Alex Jones says he wants to keep fighting for the “truth”.

Far-right conspiracy host Alex Jones is to pay US$965 million in damages to several families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting for falsely claiming that x27;they were actors who invented the tragedy, a Connecticut state jury announced Wednesday.

The verdict, which comes after three weeks of court testimony, far exceeds the US$49 million fine that was already imposed on Mr. Jones in August in a similar trial held in Texas.

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The plaintiffs were relatives of the 20 children and 6 employees who were shot and killed at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Mr. Jones has claimed for several years that the massacre was staged. as part of a federal government plot to seize weapons from U.S. citizens.

Jurors added that plaintiffs will also see their costs of ;lawyers being paid by the defence; this amount will be determined in November.

On his show, the conspiratorial host claimed that the prosecutors want to scare us, to prevent us from asking questions about Uvalde [the site of another massacre, editor's note], or Parkland.

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Mr. Jones hinted that he might challenge the verdict…before urging his listeners to visit the store linked to his outlet to buy products there.

With information from Reuters

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