Alex Jones is sentenced to pay a fine of 4.1 million dollars in compensation for damages.
A Texas jury on Thursday forced the controversial radio star to pay this sum to the parents of Jesse Lewisa six-year-old boy who died in the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Through his podcast, InfoWars, Jones supported the theory that this massacre, in which 26 people died, 20 of them childrenIt was “a farce”.
After receiving numerous complaints from the parents of the deceased children, Jones – known for his far-right positions – acknowledged that the shooting was real, although his followers then began a campaign of harassment to the parents of Jesse Lewis, whom they accused of lying, for political purposes, about the child’s death.
The $4.1 million the jury awarded the victims is well below the 150 million originally sought, although a second trial is yet to be held to determine whether Jones is also required to pay punitive damages, i.e., for engaging in particularly offensive behavior. Jones claimed from his podcast that the attack on the school was staged to increase gun controls.
Last Friday, Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems, declared bankruptcyin a movement that the victims interpreted precisely as part of a strategy to reduce the amount of the then already foreseeable sanction.