Alex Jones, the controversial radio host and conspiracy theorist, has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of several large verdicts against him in lawsuits related to the Sandy Hook mass shooting. The lawsuits had found Jones liable for promoting false claims about the shooting, which resulted in awards of over $1 billion in damages.
Jones had been a vocal proponent of the false claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, in which 26 people were killed, was a “hoax.” He had repeatedly claimed that the shooting was a government-orchestrated false flag operation, and that the victims and their families were actors. These claims were debunked by law enforcement and experts, but Jones had continued to promote them on his radio show and website.
In the lawsuits, several families of the victims, as well as an FBI agent who responded to the shooting, had sued Jones for defamation. The jury had found that Jones had caused them emotional distress and had defamed them by promoting false claims about the shooting.
In his bankruptcy filing, Jones listed his assets as $1 million to $10 million and his liabilities as $100 million to $500 million. He also listed several media companies, including Infowars and Free Speech Systems, as debtors in the bankruptcy case.
The bankruptcy filing will put a hold on the lawsuits against Jones, and the court will now oversee the process of him paying off his creditors. Jones’ bankruptcy filing is a consequence of his spreading false information about the Sandy Hook shooting, which caused harm to the victims’ families and defamed them. The case serves as a reminder that spreading false information can have real-world consequences and cause harm to others.