Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis.
The award came one day after the jury settled on $4.1 million in compensatory damages.
Punitive damages are a form of punishment for a defendant’s bad behavior.
Alex Jones, the head of the conspiratorial entertainment media outlet Infowars, repeatedly lied about the Sandy Hook massacre, stoked fake conspiracy theories about the victims and their families, prompting multiple defamation lawsuits.
Jones has since acknowledged that the mass shooting occurred.
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