Alex Jones is in debt to Sandy Hook

Ars Technica

The surviving families of the Sandy Hook shooting have not yet seen any of $1.5bn (£1.32bn) Mr Jones was ordered to pay in 2022.
Mr Jones and his media company Infowars have been contacted for comment.
The request appears in line with a settlement offer made by Sandy Hook families in 2023 that would allow Mr Jones to liquidate in order to pay a minimum of $85m (£67m) over 10 years.
Among the assets that could be sold include Mr Jones’ ownership in Free Speech Systems, the parent company of his Infowars media outlet.
Both Mr Jones and Free Speech Systems filed for bankruptcy in late 2022, which set up potential delays in victim pay-outs.
A judge ruled last year that Mr Jones would not be released from paying the settlement despite the bankruptcy filings.
Testifying in a Texas court in 2022, Mr Jones admitted he was wrong and called the killings “100% real”.
“Making Alex Jones liquidate his assets in bankruptcy is a big step toward holding him accountable for his wrongdoing,” Avi Moshenberg, a lawyer for Sandy Hook victims’ families, said in a statement to the BBC on Friday.

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According to court documents, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, a right-winger, has requested that a US court liquidate his assets. This move may enable him to begin making payments to the families of the victims of a school shooting in 2012.

The $1.5 billion (£1.32 billion) that Mr. Jones was ordered to pay in 2022 has not yet been seen by the Sandy Hook shooting survivors.

The motion, submitted on Thursday to a Texas court, may expedite the payment to the families—a few of whom have been subjected to intimidation as a result of Mr. Jones’s allegations.

We’ve reached out to Mr. Jones and his media outlet Infowars for comments.

According to court records, Mr. Jones requested that his prior Chapter 11 bankruptcy claim be changed to Chapter 7, which would enable him to sell any assets instead of attempting to reorganize his finances.

His attorneys stated in the filing that “there is no reasonable prospect of a successful reorganization” as the basis for the Chapter 7 claim.

According to a settlement offer made by the Sandy Hook families in 2023, Mr. Jones would be able to liquidate and still be required to pay a minimum of $85 million (£67 million) over a ten-year period when he made this request.

The ownership of Mr. Jones in Free Speech Systems, the parent company of his media outlet Infowars, is one of the assets that may be sold.

Free Speech Systems and Mr. Jones both filed for bankruptcy in late 2022, which raised the possibility of delays in victim compensation.

Despite filing for bankruptcy, a judge decided last year that Mr. Jones would still be required to pay the settlement.

Due to false allegations regarding their relatives’ deaths at a suburban Connecticut school in 2012, Mr. Jones was ordered in 2022 to pay $1.5 billion (£1.32 billion) to the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims in multiple defamation cases.

For years, Mr. Jones, 50, made up the story that the attack, which claimed the lives of six employees and twenty small children, was “staged” as part of a larger plot to restrict gun rights.

Although the theories were untrue, many of the notions he disseminated caused the relatives of the victims to face intimidation, including threats of death, and have since been used to cast doubt on other mass shootings in the US.

In 2022, during a court appearance in Texas, Mr. Jones acknowledged his error and described the murders as “100% real.”.

In a statement to the BBC on Friday, Avi Moshenberg, an attorney representing the families of the Sandy Hook victims, stated that “mandating Alex Jones to liquidate his assets in bankruptcy is a big step toward holding him accountable for his wrongdoing.”.

“However, we are dedicated to taking numerous additional steps to ensure that he is held accountable,” he continued.

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