Alex Jones Sued By Sandy Hook Parents For Pushing Truther Conspiracy Theories

Alex Jones Sued By Sandy Hook Parents For Pushing Truther Conspiracy Theories

The parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting have filed defamation lawsuits against Infowars host Alex Jones who has long claimed the massacre was a hoax.

Each lawsuit seeks at least $1 million in damages for "a severe degree of mental stress and anguish" and "high degree of psychological pain" the parents suffered from Jones' coverage, in addition to past and future damage their reputations might suffer.

Over the past few years, Jones has regularly perpetuated the conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook shooting, which left more than 20 people dead, was staged by the government.

In a segment from April a year ago on Jones" radio show, which was called "Sandy Hook Vampires Exposed', he claimed an interview De La Rosa gave to CNN's Anderson Cooper after the shooting was fake.

Two lawsuits filed on behalf of Neil Heslin, Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa allege that Jones and his media organisation spread false information related to the tragedy.

The conspiracy theorist has long claimed on "The Alex Jones Show" and his website InfoWars that the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax meant to promote gun control.

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Three parents of victims of that attack have sued the conspiracy theorist for his repeated statements that the shooting was a "giant hoax" orchestrated by opponents of the Second Amendment. Jones suggested CNN had used a "green-screen" backdrop to show an image of the Sandy Hook site. "And the people who say they're parents that I see on the news", Jones said. The other lawsuit alleges that Heslin was accused of "lying about whether he actually held his son's body and observed a bullet hole in his head".

Both lawsuits were filed in state court in Travis County, Texas.

In an Infowars show a few days after the Kelly segment aired, Shroyer said Heslin could not have held his son because victims were identified through photographs, not in person.

Jones, 44, did not immediately return a request for comment submitted through his website on Tuesday morning.

Both families are represented by Houston attorney Mark Bankston, who filed a previous lawsuit against Jones and Infowars for misidentifying the shooter in the recent Parkland school shooting.

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