US conspirator Alex Jones ordered to pay $45 million for denying Sandy Hook shootings

He had claimed that the massacre at an American school in Connecticut was just a staged show by opponents of guns.

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The far-right American conspirator Alex Jones was sentenced on Friday August 5 in Texas, to pay a fine of $45.2 million (more than 44 million euros) to the parents of a slain boy in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, the worst ever in an American school, which he denied was real. In this Connecticut establishment, a young man armed with a semi-automatic rifle had killed 20 children and six adults, causing fear across the country.

Alex Jones, absent during the verdict on Friday, had against all evidence affirmed on his site that the massacre was only a staging led by opponents of firearms. The founder of the Infowars site had already been ordered Thursday to pay more than four million dollars in damages to Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son died in the same massacre.

These sentences are the first in a series of proceedings brought by the relatives of the victims. Several families sued him for compensation, while he eventually publicly admitted the reality of the killing, while refusing to cooperate with the courts. Judges in Texas and Connecticut had therefore condemned him by default to pay damages to the plaintiffs, while leaving it to jurors to set their amount. Other financial sanctions should follow and could deprive Alex Jones of his platform.

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