Sandy Hook families sue conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The families of two children slain in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have filed lawsuits against right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for claiming the shooting did not happen.
The defamaton lawsuits were filed in Texas. That’s the home state of Jones’ media company, Infowars.
Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, the parents of Noah Pozner, filed separate lawsuits seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Jesse and Noah were among the 20 first-grade students gunned down inside the school in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012. Six educators were also killed.
The lawsuits allege that Jones’ insistence that the shooting was staged led others to make death threats against the victims’ families.
Jones could not immediately reached for comment.