Alex Jones tries to get $100K from parents of Sandy Hook victim who had to go into hiding over his conspiracy theories
Infowars' Alex Jones. Image via screengrab.
July 31, 2018
Infowars founder Alex Jones is suing the parents of a boy who died at Sandy Hook for $100,000 after his false claims about them forced them into hiding.
The New York Times reported that in a counter-suit filed after the parents of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner sued Jones for defamation, the far-right conspiracy theorist is seeking $100,000 in court costs under a Texas law intended to protect free speech from people "who aim to silence them through costly litigation."
The boy's parents, Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, have had to move seven times since their son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at his elementary school after Jones claimed they were "crisis actors," or people who act like victims of a tragedy to achieve a political end.
In the case of Sandy Hook, the "end" these "actors" would be achieving is gun control — but as the Pozner-De La Rosa family and others are arguing in multiple lawsuits, they have been defamed and further victimized by Jones' claims.
In court, Jones and his attorneys said they're seeking the hefty court costs under the Texas Citizens Participation Act because the family has taken measures "to silence those who openly oppose their very public ‘herculean’ efforts to ban the sale of certain weapons, ammunition and accessories, to pass new laws relating to gun registration and to limit free speech."
The Pozner-De La Rosa family's lawyers in their lawsuit against Jones recounted their history with the Infowars host in court filings. Pozner got an Infowars video taken down from YouTube and in retaliation, Jones "went on an angry rant" about the victim's father "for nearly an hour." The host then showed the audience "personal information and maps to addresses associated" with the family.
In 2016, the report continued, an Infowars fan named Lucy Richards was arrested for threatening Pozner multiple times and was later sentenced to five months in prison.
"As a condition of parole, a judge ordered that she cease consuming Infowars programming," court documents viewed by the Times stated.