Internet star Alex Jones was hit with some shocking news this week when a Connecticut jury ordered him to pay nearly $1 billion.
Fox News reported that the decision cane after Jones lost a civil defamation suit filed by parents of children who were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut.
They died in the infamous 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre which left six adults and 20 students dead.
Families of slain children say Jones caused their harassment
However, Jones repeatedly alleged on his online program Infowars that the killings were a hoax that had been perpetrated by so-called crisis actors.
The plaintiffs alleged that this resulted in them being subjected to regular harassment. Robbie Parker was the father of a six-year-old victim, and he said the abuse became so severe that he and his surviving family members were forced to move out of state.
“It would come in these waves,” Parker was quoted as saying in his testimony last month “It was almost like I knew when Alex Jones said something, because we would get a huge wave of stuff.”
Matthew Soto testified as well. Soto, whose sister was a teacher at Sandy Hook, recalled how he was approached at his high school by an individual who asked if his sister was really dead.
Fox News pointed out that this is not the first time that Jones has lost a lawsuit stemming from his remarks concerning Sandy Hook, as earlier this year he was ordered by a Texas court to pay nearly $50 million to the parents of a 6-year-old victim.
The network noted that the company which produces Jones’ show, Free Speech Systems, had already filed for bankruptcy before the Connecticut trial began.
Jones: “I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times”
According to Fox News, Jones acknowledged while on the witness stand that the mass shooting had indeed been a genuine event.
Yet he also grew combative at various points during the trial, accusing the presiding judge of being a “tyrant” who was operating a “kangaroo court.”
“Is this a struggle session?” Fox News quoted Jones as saying last month. “Are we in China? I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times, and I’m done saying I’m sorry.”