Infowars host Alex Jones supplied to pay $120,000 per plaintiff to resolve a lawsuit by relations of Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty taking pictures victims who stated he defamed them by asserting the bloodbath by no means occurred, in keeping with court docket filings Tuesday. The provide was shortly rejected by the households.
A Connecticut choose found Jones liable for damages in November, and a trial is deliberate to find out how a lot he ought to pay the households.
The plaintiffs stated they’ve been subjected to harassment and dying threats from Jones’ followers due to the hoax conspiracy promoted on his present.
The court docket filings posted on-line stated: “Mr. Jones extends his heartfelt apology for any misery his remarks brought about.”
Final week Jones defied a court docket order to attend a deposition close to his dwelling in Austin, Texas, to supply testimony forward of the trial. Jones stated he was unwell. A listening to is scheduled for Wednesday on a request by the plaintiffs to sanction Jones for not cooperating.
Legal professionals for the households rejected the settlement provide inside just a few hours, saying in court docket filings that it was a “clear and determined try by Alex Jones to flee a public reckoning underneath oath along with his deceitful, profit-driven marketing campaign towards the plaintiffs and the reminiscence of their family members misplaced at Sandy Hook.”
Twenty first graders and 6 educators have been killed within the 2012 taking pictures in Newtown, Connecticut. The households of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the varsity sued Jones, Infowars and others in Connecticut over the hoax conspiracy. Jones has since stated he believes the taking pictures did happen.
Jones additionally was discovered accountable for damages in comparable lawsuits filed in Texas by relations of Sandy Hook victims, and likewise faces trial later this 12 months.