Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will have to submit to a sworn deposition as part of a defamation lawsuit that was filed by families of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, a judge in Bridgeport ruled.
Ten families are pursuing lawsuits against Jones for allegedly spreading lies about the shooting, going so far as to call it a plot orchestrated by family members. The New York Times reported last week that the families won several decisive victories in their lawsuit that will force Jones to open his business records and speak with prosecutors under oath.
Jones, the owner of Infowars and a far-right figurehead, has come under increased scrutiny for his popularizing of a theory that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged by the federal government, and that no one was injured or killed. He claimed that “crisis actors” portrayed the parents and relatives of the murdered students and staff.
This week, a judge in Bridgeport ruled that Jones and three other defendants will be deposed, who are “critical to Infowars’ business operations.” Jones’ deposition is reportedly expected to last an estimated five hours.
The families allege that even though Jones "does not, in fact, believe that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax," he went on to accuse them of "faking their loved ones' deaths and insisted that the children killed that day are actually alive." Beyond what the plaintiffs are calling "false narratives.” the lawsuit also claims that Jones and his associates have subjected them to death threats, harassment, on and offline abuse.
According to the Times, the suits by the Sandy Hook families have advanced on several fronts in recent weeks. Jones and members of Infowars were ordered to submit to questioning and turn over relevant business records, which his defense lawyers attempted to keep sealed.
“From the beginning, we have said that Jones knowingly peddled false and malicious narratives in order to make money at the expense of the Sandy Hook families’ grief, safety and security,” an attorney representing the families said in a statement. “Today’s ruling moves us one step closer to proving this.”
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