Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has filed for personal bankruptcy just months after he was ordered by a court to pay billions in damages to the families of victims of the Sandy Hook mass shooting.
According to court documents, Jones has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Houston, Texas court. The filing will temporarily halt court proceedings in his current defamation cases.
Earlier this year, Jones faced two separate defamation lawsuits brought by Sandy Hook families, in which he alleged the 2012 tragedy was a hoax.
For years, Jones has been promoting conspiracy theories that the children killed in the shooting were actors or nonexistent. Parents of the victims said his statements incited his fans to harass and attack them.
In court, Jones testified that when he made those statements, he genuinely thought the shooting might have been a hoax, but now believes it happened. He didn’t apologize to the 8 families who brought the suits.
A Texas court ordered Jones to pay $49 million in damages.
In Connecticut, a jury awarded the families $965 million in damages. The judge in the case later added an additional $473 million in punitive damages, bringing the total to about $1.44 billion.
Jones also admitted to filing for bankruptcy in a recent episode of his show InfoWars.
“Personally, I’m officially out of money,” Jones said on the air. He asked his viewers to buy goods from his website’s online store to raise money for his legal defense.
Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems, was also found liable for damages in a separate filing and is also filing for bankruptcy protection.
“Like every other cowardly move Alex Jones has taken, this bankruptcy will not work,” plaintiff attorney Chris Mattei said. “The bankruptcy system does not protect anyone who commits willful and egregious attacks on others, as Mr. Jones did.”
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