The American founder of the conspiracy site had claimed on his site that the massacre in an American school in Connecticut was only a staging led by opponents of firearms.
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Posted on 08/06/2022 09:12 Updated on 08/06/2022 09:16
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A very heavy fine. The famous far-right American conspirator Alex Jones was sentenced, Friday August 5 in Texas, to pay a fine of 45.2 million dollars (more than 44 million euros) to the parents of a boy killed in the massacre of Sandy Hook in 2012, the worst ever to happen in an American school, which he had denied was real.
The founder of the Infowars site had already been ordered Thursday to pay more than four million dollars in damages to Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son died in the massacre at this Connecticut school.
The follower of conspiracy theories Alex Jones, absent during the verdict on Friday, had against all evidence affirmed on his site that the massacre was only a scene piloted by opponents of firearms.
A young man armed with a semi-automatic rifle had killed 20 children and six adults in this Connecticut establishment, causing fear in the United States and relaunching the debate on measures to regulate firearms sales.
These sentences are only the first of a series of proceedings brought by the relatives of the victims. Several families had sued him for compensation, while he had finally publicly admitted the reality of the killing, while refusing to cooperate with the courts.
Judges in Texas and Connecticut had therefore condemned him by default to pay damages to the plaintiffs, while leaving it to jurors to set their amount. Other financial sanctions should follow soon and could deprive Alex Jones of his platform.
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