Sandy Hook parents sue InfoWars' conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation

Jesse who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Credit Susan Walsh  Associated Pre

Jesse who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Credit Susan Walsh Associated Pre

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 charges relate to Jones' use of his Infowars radio program to continuously push the theory that the Sandy Hook shootings did not occur, even going so far as to say interviews with Pozner's mother had been doctored, and that she was lying about her son's death.

Last May, Jones had to settle a lawsuit with Greek yogurt manufacturer Chobani for claiming the company was importing "migrant rapists" in Idaho.

The New York Times reports the suits were filed in Travis County District Court in Austin, where Jones resides, by Houston lawyer Mark Bankston. The gunman, Adam Lanza, killed himself as police arrived at the school, but a clear motive for the rampage has never been identified. The lawsuits also name Free Speech Systems and Owen Shroyer, who "has been a reporter for InfoWars". The children's bodies were eventually turned over to their parents for their funerals, the lawsuit said.

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Per the Courant's report, Jones came after the other two parents in 2017, claiming an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper was fake because it was in front of a green screen.

"The statements were a continuation and elaboration of a years-long 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.

Our clients have been tormented for five years by Mr. Jones' ghoulish accusations that they are actors who faked their children's deaths as part of a fraud on the American people.

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

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