Published: Wed, April 18, 2018

Sandy Hook 'hoax' claim: Alex Jones sued by parents of massacre victims

Sandy Hook 'hoax' claim: Alex Jones sued by parents of massacre victims

The families of two children killed at the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT filed suits against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Tuesday.

The families are both seeking more than $1 million from Jones and his companies, which include his Texas-based media company Infowars and Free Speech Systems LLC. Both suits claim Jones has falsely accused the parents of being actors and saying the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.

Jones has repeatedly questioned whether 20 children and six adults were gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, deriding the shooting as a "hoax" concocted to chip away at Second Amendment rights.

"So here are these holier than thou people, when we question CNN, who is supposedly at the site of Sandy Hook, and they got in one shot leaves blowing, and the flowers that are around it, and you see the leaves blowing, and they go [gestures]". One was filed by Neil Heslin, father of shooting victim Jesse Lewis. InfoWars reporter Owen Shroyer, also named in the lawsuit, claimed that could not be true because the bodies were identified by the parents through photographs.

In a 2017 interview with Megyn Kelly, Heslin spoke of holding his dead son "with a bullet hole through his head". "I'm sure later maybe the parents saw their children". "They glitch", Jones said, per a transcript of the show in the lawsuit.

"It took me about a year, with Sandy Hook to come to grips that the whole thing was fake".

Both lawsuits allege that Jones' actions have inspired others to make death threats against their families.

"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", their lawyer, Mark Bankston, said in a statement. MA resident Marcel Fontaine is suing him for falsely reporting he was the Parkland, Fla., high school shooter, who killed 17 students in February.

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