Infowars host Alex Jones supplied to pay $120,000 per plaintiff to resolve a lawsuit by relations of Sandy Hook Elementary School capturing victims who stated he defamed them by asserting the bloodbath by no means occurred, in response to court docket filings Tuesday. The offer was shortly rejected by the families.
A Connecticut decide found Jones liable for damages in November, and a trial is deliberate to find out how a lot he ought to pay the families.
The plaintiffs stated they’ve been subjected to harassment and loss of life threats from Jones’ followers due to the hoax conspiracy promoted on his present.
The court docket filings posted on-line stated: “Mr. Jones extends his heartfelt apology for any distress his remarks caused.”
Last week Jones defied a court docket order to attend a deposition close to his house in Austin, Texas, to offer testimony forward of the trial. Jones stated he was unwell. A listening to is scheduled for Wednesday on a request by the plaintiffs to sanction Jones for not cooperating.
Lawyers for the families rejected the settlement offer inside a number of hours, saying in court docket filings that it was a “transparent and desperate attempt by Alex Jones to escape a public reckoning under oath with his deceitful, profit-driven campaign against the plaintiffs and the memory of their loved ones lost at Sandy Hook.”
Twenty first graders and 6 educators have been killed within the 2012 capturing in Newtown, Connecticut. The families of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the college sued Jones, Infowars and others in Connecticut over the hoax conspiracy. Jones has since stated he believes the capturing did happen.
Jones additionally was discovered responsible for damages in comparable lawsuits filed in Texas by relations of Sandy Hook victims, and likewise faces trial later this yr.