A Texas judge ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $100,000 in legal fees and refused to dismiss a lawsuit that targets the Infowars host for using his show to promote falsehoods that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.
The lawsuit argues that Jones and InfoWars defamed Heslin by calling his account of his son's death a lie and alleging other victims" families were "crisis actors'.
In what is now the most recent court setback for Jones, State District Judge Scott Jenkins of Texas - where Jones operates Infowars - ruled December 20 that Jones' defense team "intentionally disregarded" an earlier order to produce witnesses.
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"In disobeying court orders, Mr. Jones has shown how desperate he is to ensure nobody finds out how Infowars really operates, or the lengths the company went to carry out its five-year campaign of malicious harassment against these parents", he said. He is fighting similar lawsuits in CT brought by other families of Sandy Hook victims for promoting a theory that the shooting was a hoax.
Heslin's 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. He later added $34,323 to that sum and dismissed Jones' motion to dismiss Heslin's lawsuit.
The judge said their failure to co-operate "should be treated as contempt of court".
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In September an outburst about the elementary school killings led to a sanction from a CT judge who slapped Jones with procedural sanctions, blocking him from trying to dismiss a separate lawsuit launched by other families.
A total of 26 people, including 20 children aged between six and seven, as well as six adult staff members, were killed when heavily armed 20-year-old, Adam Lanza, stormed the school's classrooms and gunned down those inside. Since then, Jones has acknowledged the shooting was indeed real and blamed his comments on a "form of psychosis," according to a deposition he gave for a different defamation suit.
In June, the father of six-year-old Noah Pozner, one of the Sandy Hook victims, won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened.
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In April 2018, Heslin sued Jones and InfoWars for defamation.