Alex Jones, InfoWars Ordered To Pay $100,000 In Legal Fees In Sandy Hook Case

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 05: Alex Jones of Inforwars, a news conference outside a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing in Dirksen Building where Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, were testifying on the influence of foreign operations on social media on September 5, 2018. Jones has recently been banned from social media platforms. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 05: Alex Jones of Infowars, holds a news conference in Dirksen Building outside a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing where Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter... UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 05: Alex Jones of Infowars, holds a news conference in Dirksen Building outside a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing where Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, were testifying on the influence of foreign operations on social media on September 5, 2018. Jones has recently been banned for a period of one week from Twitter, and indefinitely from other social media platforms. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS
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December 31, 2019 2:25 p.m.

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.

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