Alex Jones and his conspiracy website InfoWars must pay $100,000 in legal fees in a defamation case brought by the father of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook shooting massacre, a Texas judge ordered recently.
Jones was sued by Neil Heslin, whose son Jesse Lewis was killed in the 2012 shooting, for defamation over Jones’ since-abandoned assertion that the event was a hoax.
Heslin is one of a number of mourning parents who’ve sued Jones and InfoWars; others have sued in Connecticut.
In a Dec. 20 ruling, Judge Scott Jenkins ruled that Jones owed $65,825 in fees and sanctions for disregarding an October court order over witness production and other materials. He later added $34,323 to that sum and dismissed Jones’ motion to dismiss Heslin’s lawsuit.
The Daily Beast first reported the ruling Monday night, and noted that it brought Jones’ total court-ordered penalties in the case to $126,023.