The parents of a Sandy Hook victim confronted Alex Jones from the witness stand and told him for the first time about the torment he suffered during his defamation trial against the conspiracy theorist during the sentencing phase of Austin, Texas on Tuesday .
The InfoWars host was previously found liable in the first of three defamation lawsuits filed against him by the parents of Sandy Hook victims. Lawyers for Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son Jesse died in a 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, are seeking $150 million in damages from Jones.
Heslin and Lewis both took the stand on Tuesday, and while Jones was not in court for Heslin’s testimony—the hosts were instead live-streaming their own remarks about Heslin’s testimony from a nearby studio—Jones Lewis was in the courthouse for a portion of the testimony of. , He spoke to her directly and followed her for her comments on the Sandy Hook shooting, which she initially called a “false flag” operation.
“You know that’s not true,” Lewis told Jones, according to new York Times, “When you say those things, there’s a part of society that you believe is actually dangerous.”
“Jesse was real,” Lewis said in reference to Jones’ claim that the students killed in the shooting were “crisis actors.” “I’m a real mom.”
Lewis also testified that, because of Jones, she lived in fear in the decade following the shooting, as she was harassed and even received death threats from Jones’ InfoWars listeners, CNN report, “Fear and worry and insecurity … keeps me from recovering,” Lewis said. “It certainly negatively affects the healing process.”
Heslin also testified, “My life is in danger. I fear for my life. I fear for my safety and the safety of my family and their lives.”
While Jones has backtracked from his Sandy Hook “false flag” stance, “there has been no sincere apology,” Lewis said. “But if there, ever, I’m like it in a car accident and you run over someone and cause tremendous physical damage and you see that person lying on the ground and say, ‘I’m very I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m not responsible for any damage that just happened. But I’m sorry.’ That’s how I see it.”
A jury will ultimately decide monetary damages against Jones, who has claimed that he is “bankrupt”, despite InfoWars making nearly $50 million a year in sales of dietary supplements, doomsday preparation kits, and ilk. Is; InfoWars’ parent company Free Speech Systems filed for bankruptcy protection in April.
When Jones attempted to tell the jury that he had gone bankrupt during his testimony on Tuesday, he was warned by Judge Maya Guerra Gamble for lying under oath.
“You believe everything you say is true, but your beliefs don’t make anything true,” Gamble said. “That’s what we’re doing here. Just because you claim to believe something is true, it’s not true. It doesn’t protect you. It’s not allowed. You’re under oath. It means that Things really must be true when you say them.”