A Connecticut judge has ruled that InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must submit to sworn depositions in the defamation suit brought by members of eight families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook massacre of 2012.
Jones has notoriously denied the mass murder took place, saying the families were “paid actors,” and that the whole thing was fabricated as a ploy to take away law-abiding citizens’ guns. His broadcast diatribes began days after the Dec.14, 2012 massacre by Adam Lanza, 20, who burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 26 people — 20 of them 6- and 7-year-old children.At least 10 families have filed defamation lawsuits against Jones in Connecticut and Texas, where InfoWars is based, for harassment for his continued assertion the massacre was a left-wing hoax.
“For years, Alex Jones and his co-conspirators have turned the unthinkable loss of our sweet little Daniel and of so many others into advertising dollars and fundraising appeals,” said plaintiff Mark Barden, who lost his 6-year-old son Daniel in the shooting, in a statement. “It is far beyond time that he be held accountable for the pain his false narratives have caused so many, and today’s ruling brings us one step closer to doing that.”
Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis’s Wednesday ruling in Bridgeport came in the lawsuit filed by parents of five children and the relatives of a teacher, the school psychologist and the principal who were also gunned down. An FBI agent who was a first-responder also joined the suit.
The plaintiffs a month ago also won their bid for Jones to hand over numerous InfoWars documents pertaining to finance, business and marketing, reported Fortune.
Bellis on Wednesday also ruled the families “can depose several other defendants in the case, including those critical to Infowars’ business operations,” a statement from plaintiffs’ lawyers.
The families are suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jones’ lawyer argued in court on Monday the families are trying to “harass, burden and oppress him,” the Danbury News-Times reported. Jones is also trying to get the court cases moved away from Sandy Hook.
“Jones also has a long history of outrageous confrontational behavior, including attempting to gain access to non-permitted spaces, aggressively ambushing and confronting public officials, private citizens, and other media personalities, and threatening a member of Congress,” the families’ attorneys argued, according to the News-Times.