Parents of Sandy Hook victims sue Alex Jones for defamation

The two lawsuits were filed on Monday accusing Alex Jones of peddling lies that resulted in death threats.

HuffPost reports the lawsuits, which were both filed by parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Austin, Texas, are seeking more than $1 million in damages from Jones, Infowars and Free Speech Systems LLC.

The lawsuits were filed by the father of a six-year-old boy killed in the massacre, Neil Heslin, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, who also lost their child in the Sandy Hook shooting.

“Even after these folks had to experience this trauma, for the next five years they were tormented by Alex Jones with vicious lies about them,” Mark Bankston, the lawyer handling the cases for the parents, told HuffPost. “And these lies were meant to convince his audience that the Sandy Hook parents are frauds and have perpetrated a sinister lie on the American people.”

Bankston said as a father it’s a “surreal experience.”

“Anyone, parents or not, who spends 15 minutes talking to one of these parents will understand immediately how vile this lie was, and how genuine their pain is.” Bankston added

According to the HuffPost report, there are two other cases accusing Info Wars‘ Alex Jones of defamation.

In the past, Jones has peddled conspiracy theories on his show about the Sandy Hook shooting. Back in November of 2016, he said:

“The only problem is, I’ve watched a lot of soap operas, and I’ve seen actors before. And I know when I’m watching a movie and when I’m watching something real.”

The 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting left over 20 people dead.




The lawsuits mainly focus on remarks made by Alex Jones in the past year

On his popular Info Wars radio show in a segment called “Sandy Hook Vampires Exposed,” airing on April 22, 2017, Jones spoke about an interview that Ms De La Rosa did after the shooting with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  Jones claimed while they were standing outside a downtown Newtown building, Mr Cooper turns his head to face her during which Cooper’s nose seems to disappear, Alex claimed that was evidence the interview was conducted in a studio in front of a green screen. In reality, it was a  glitch known as a compression artifact, a distortion that is very common in video encoding.

Jones claimed it meant they are both actors. “When he turns, his nose disappears repeatedly because the green screen isn’t set right,” he said.

In another segment, Owen Shroyer, who works for InfoWars, argued Mr Heslin, who said he held his dead son after the shooting, wasn’t possible because the medical examiner said he only showed photographs to the parents to identify their children.

Around a month after Shroyer’s claims, Mr Jones replayed part of that Infowars video on his show. “The stuff I found was they never let them see their bodies,” Alex Jones said. “That’s kind of what’s weird about this. But maybe they did.”

The parents are seeking at least $1 million in damages.

“The statements were a continuation and elaboration of a yearslong campaign to falsely attack the honesty of the Sandy Hook parents, casting them as participants in a ghastly conspiracy and cover-up,” the parents’ lawsuits said.

 

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