Alex Jones admitted the Sandy Hook school shooting was “100% real” in a Texas court Wednesday after calling it a hoax for years, but was soon caught in another lie — this one under oath.
Jones, 48, was left gobsmacked on the stand after he was informed his lawyers accidentally released hundreds of his own text messages about the Sandy Hook shooting after Jones claimed he found zero texts regarding the massacre, the New York Post reports.
Jones’ legal team — in an apparent error — sent a digital receipt of every text he sent about Sandy Hook over the past two years to the lawyers for a Sandy Hook victim’s parents who are suing him for defamation.
Jones claimed for years that he found zero texts and emails that mentioned the 2012 school shooting when requested by the court to turn over such records.
The far-right Infowars founder continued the apparent lie about the messages under oath at the defamation trial Tuesday and Wednesday morning before the parent’s counsel presented the text messages as evidence.
“Do you know what perjury is?” the parents’ lawyer, Mark Bankston, asked Jones, who stated that he did.
Jones is facing trial over a $215 million (US$150 million) defamation lawsuit filed by parents of one of the 20 first-graders killed during the 2012 bloodbath in Newtown, Connecticut.
The conspiracy theorist also admitted that it was “absolutely irresponsible” to push the false claim that the Sandy Hook slaughter was staged as a means to push gun control during testimony Wednesday. However, he deflected blame on the media.
“They won’t let me take it back,” said Jones, who claimed he has been “typecast as someone that runs around talking about Sandy Hook, makes money off Sandy Hook, is obsessed with Sandy Hook.”
Jones first took the stand on Tuesday and was slammed by Judge Maya Guerra Gamble for saying his company was bankrupt and maintaining he had complied with pre-trial requests for evidence. Jones’ company filed for bankruptcy protection amid a slew of lawsuits, but the bankruptcy file hasn’t been granted.
“This is not your show,” Gamble said after dismissing the jury. “Your beliefs do not make something true. You are under oath.”
Jones told the jury Wednesday that any verdict over $2 million would “sink” his company – although he added, “I think it’s appropriate for whatever you decide you want to do.”
Bankston, the lawyer for plaintiffs Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, grilled Jones, who took the stand as the only witness in his defence. At one point, Bankston showed a clip of Jones asking if the jury in the case was chosen out of people “who don’t know what planet” they live on. Jones said he didn’t intend the dig to be taken literally.
The lawyer also showed an internal email that said Jones’ company made $800,000 in a day, which Jones countered was the best day of the year for the company.
Jones’s testimony comes as part of the suit from Heslin and Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was one of the children gunned down in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Heslin testified Tuesday that Jones made his and other parents’ lives a “living hell” by spreading the conspiracy theory, leading to harassment and even death threats.
This story was published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission.