Jury Finds Infowars Host Alex Jones Liable for $4.1 Million in Damages to Two Sandy Hook Parents

A jury in Texas found that Infowars host Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to two parents whose son was among the 26 killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The jury awarded Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son Jesse died in the shooting, far less than what the couple had asked for.

The couple sued Jones and his media company Free Speech Systems for $150 million for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress caused by his baseless claims that the shooting was a hoax.

Jones repeatedly suggested in his right-wing radio show that the shooting was staged by the government to push for gun control.

Later in the trial, Jones admitted that the shooting was “100% real.”

Judge Maya Guerra already found Jones liable for defaming and inflicting emotional distress on the couple in October because Jones failed to comply with court orders to hand over critical evidence before the trial began.

The jury in Austin was only asked to decide whether Jones must also pay the couple for the emotional distress and reputational damage caused by his falsehoods.

The jury will also hear testimony on Aug. 5 to decide whether to award punitive damages.

Punitive damages are awarded when the court finds that the defendant’s behavior was especially offensive.

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