The families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting rejected an offer from Infowars host Alex Jones to resolve a defamation lawsuit they filed against him.
Jones, a far-right conspiracy theorist, offered on March 29 each of the 13 plaintiffs $120,000 as settlement in the defamation case, according to court filings.
The families rejected the offer on March 30, calling it in court filings, “a transparent and desperate attempt by Alex Jones 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.”
In a statement to Insider on March 30, Jones’ lawyer Norm Pattis said that the host and his legal team’s “desire to settle is genuine and outstanding.”
The rejection sets the stage for Jones and the families to meet at trial.
The families sued Jones for claiming on his radio show and website that the shooting was a “giant hoax” staged by the government to push for gun control.
On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself.
The families were subjected to years of harassment, both in-person and online, due to Jones’ false claims.
Jones later admitted in a sworn deposition that the shooting was real.
The defamation case has already been decided in favor of the families.
Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled in November that Jones was liable by default to pay damages to the families after he and his companies refused to turn over required documents to the court.
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