Families Of Sandy Hook Victims Reject ‘Desperate’ Settlement Offer By ‘Infowars ‘Alex Jones
Host of Infowars Alex Jones will not be getting off easy from the lawsuit he’s facing from the family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Jones was sued for defamation for repeatedly denying that the tragic attack never happened, and the victims’ families have rejected a settlement offer of $120,000 per plaintiff that Jones made.
Jones has repeatedly questioned the validity Sandy Hook massacre in segments on his show with no evidence, and the plaintiffs who sued Jones claimed that they received a significant number of death threats and anonymous online harassment from fans of Infowars who fell for the host’s conspiracies. He claimed incorrectly that the attack was a hoax by actors to try and overturn the second amendment, and later acknowledged that the attacks happened at the beginning of the legal fallout of his statements.
A Superior Court Judge in Connecticut found Jones in default for the defamation case because his team reportedly failed to produce “critical material information that the plaintiffs needed to prove their claims.” Attorney for the families, Chris Mattei, said Jones and crew “have deliberately concealed evidence of the relationship between what they publish and how they make money. Mr. Jones was given every opportunity to comply but, when he chose to withhold evidence for more than two years, the court was left with no choice but to rule as it did today.”
After the families rejected Jones’ settlement offer, their attorneys called the offer a “transparent and desperate attempt to escape a public reckoning under oath with his deceitful, profit-driven campaign against the plaintiffs and the memory of their loved ones lost at Sandy Hook.”
Jones was also hit with a similar default judgment in a Texas suit against him filed by other victims’ families. Travis County District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble also criticized Jones’ courtroom conduct by saying, “The Court finds the defendants’ failure to comply… is greatly aggravated by [their] consistent pattern of discovery abuse through similar cases pending before this court.”
There will still be hearings in Connecticut Superior Court to determine how much Jones will owe the families now that they rejected his settlement offer. This defamation case is the fourth suit Jones has lost as a consequence of his Sandy Hook statements, the other three of which were filed in Texas.