Alex Jones: Hooligan

Alex Jones: Hooligan

Alex Jones Litigation (Source: Wikipedia)

In February 2017, James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong pizzeria, sent Jones a letter demanding an apology and retraction of his advocacy for the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. Jones was given one month to comply or be subject to a libel suit.[148] In March 2017, Jones apologized to Alefantis and retracted his allegations.[149]

In April 2017, the Chobani yogurt company filed suit against Jones for his claims that their factory in Idaho employing refugees, was connected to a 2016 child sexual assault and a rise in tuberculosis.[150] As a result, Jones issued an apology and retraction of his allegations in May 2017.[151]

In March 2018, Brennan Gilmore, who shared a video he captured of a car hitting anti-racism protesters at the 2017 Unite the Right rally, filed a lawsuit against Jones and six others.[152] According to the lawsuit, Jones said that Gilmore was acting as part of a false flag operation conducted by disgruntled government “deep state” employees promoting a coup against Trump.[153] Gilmore alleged he received death threats from Jones’ audience.[153]

School shootings

Jones has spread conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting being false flag operations by gun control advocates. He stated “no one died” in Sandy Hook and Stoneman Douglas survivor David Hogg was a crisis actor.[154][155][156] These claims have been proven false.[157][158]

In March 2018, six families of Sandy Hook victims, and an FBI agent who responded to the attack, filed a defamation suit against Jones for spreading false claims, resulting in the harassment, stalking and threatening of survivors.[159][160][161][162] By February 2019, ten families joined suits and won a series of court rulings requiring Jones to testify under oath.[34] Jones was later ordered to undergo a sworn deposition, along with three other defendants related to the operation of Infowars. He was also ordered to turn over internal business documents related to Infowars.[163] In this deposition, Jones acknowledged the deaths were real, stating he had “almost like a form of psychosis”, where he “basically thought everything was staged.”[164]

Leonard Pozner, father of a victim in the Sandy Hook shooting, who has been forced to move several times to avoid harassment and death threats, was accused by Jones of being a crisis actor. Pozner filed a defamation suit against Jones in Texas.[165] Jones was found to be in contempt of court even before the trial started, failing to produce witnesses and materials relevant to the procedures. Consequently, Jones and Infowars were fined a total of $126,000 in October and December 2019.[166]

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