Alex Jones Files for Bankruptcy Amid Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory Court Judgments

Alex Jones Files for Bankruptcy Amid Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory Court Judgments

Alex Jones , Infowars host , filed for personal bankruptcy protection in Texas Friday. He is facing nearly $1.5 billion in court judgements over conspiracy theories that he spread about Sandy Hook school massacre.

Jones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in bankruptcy court in Houston. His filing lists $1 billion to $10 billion in liabilities owed to 50 to 99 creditors and $1 million to $10 million in assets.

Jones is facing court orders to pay almost $1.5 billion in damages to the relatives of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Jones was accused of calling the massacre a hoax.

Jones’ bankruptcy attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

In October, a Connecticut jury awarded the families $965 millions in compensatory damages. A judge added another $473million in punitive damages. A Texas jury had awarded damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the shooting $49 earlier in the year.

The bankruptcy filing temporarily halted proceedings in Connecticut and forced a judge cancel Friday morning’s hearing on Sandy Hook families’ request for Jones and his company assets to be attached to obtain money for the nearly $1.4billion in damages.

Chris Mattei, an attorney representing the Sandy Hook families in Connecticut, criticised Friday’s bankruptcy filing.

Mattei stated in a statement that “This bankruptcy will not work, just like every other cowardly move Alex Jones made.” “The bankruptcy system doesn’t protect anyone who engages with intentional and egregious attacks against others, as Mr. Jones did.” Alex Jones will be held accountable by the American judicial system, and we will continue to enforce the jury verdict .”

In the Texas and Connecticut cases, some relatives of the 20 children and six adults killed in the school shooting testified that they were threatened and harassed for years by people who believed the lies told on Jones’ show. One parent claimed that conspiracy theorists urinated upon his 7-year old son’s grave and threatened him with digging up the coffin.

Erica Lafferty was the daughter of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung who was murdered. She testified that people sent rape threats to her home.

Jones laughed at the Infowars awards, saying that he doesn’t have more than $2 million and won’t make enough to pay such high amounts. These comments were contrary to testimony by a Texas forensic economist who claimed Jones and Free Speech Systems had a combined net worth of $270 millions. Free Speech Systems is also requesting bankruptcy protection.

In documents filed in Free Speech Systems’ bankruptcy case in Texas, a budget for the company for Oct. 29 to Nov. 25 estimated product sales would total $2.5 million, while operating expenses would be about $740,000. Jones’ salary was listed at $20,000 every two weeks.

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