Lawyers for Sandy Hook families claim the InfoWars host is trying to dodge $1.5 billion payout
File photo: InfoWars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media during his trial in Connecticut, September 21, 2022 © Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images
Controversial InfoWars host Alex Jones filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, informing a court in Texas that he had assets insufficient to cover the liabilities exceeding $1 billion. The move comes after Jones was ordered to pay almost $1.5 billion to lawyers and families of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims for claiming it had been staged.
The filing informed the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston that Jones had “between $1 million and $10 million” in assets and faced “between $1 billion and $10 billion” in liabilities to “50 to 99 creditors.”
As major outlets like AP, Reuters and the New York Times reported on the filing, attorneys for the Sandy Hook families accused Jones of trying to get out of paying the hundreds of millions in damages from two defamation trials in Connecticut and Texas.
“The American judicial system will hold Alex Jones accountable, and we will never stop working to enforce the jury’s verdict.” Chris Mattei, an attorney for the families in the Connecticut case, said in a statement quoted by AP and Reuters.
Jones was infamously skeptical of the narrative about the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook, when former student Adam Lanza murdered his mother, six other adults and 20 children before shooting himself in the head. Some of the parents have since sued gun manufacturers and sellers over Lanza’s firearm purchase. Ten families also sued Jones for claiming that some of them were “crisis actors” on his show.