The parents of two children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012 sued Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars, who had derided the shooting as fake and possibly staged by the government.
Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, parents of Noah Pozner, filed a lawsuit against Jones, InfoWars LLC and Free Speech Systems LLC. In 2017, InfoWars accused De La Rosa of being an actor, rather than the parent of a child killed in the Connecticut mass shooting, according to the complaint.
“This conspiracy theory, which has been pushed by InfoWars and Mr. Jones since the day of the shooting, alleges that the Sandy Hook massacre did not happen, or that it was staged by the government and concealed using actors, and that the parents of the victims are participants in a horrifying cover-up,” the parents said. In one instance, Jones posted a video titled “Sandy Hook Vampires Exposed.”
Separately, Neil Heslin, filed a similar suit against Jones, InfoWars and Owen Shroyer, a reporter at InfoWars.
“This case arises out of accusations by InfoWars in the summer of 2017 that plaintiff was lying about whether he actually held his son’s body and observed a bullet hole in his head,” Heslin said in his complaint. “This heartless and vile act of defamation re-ignited the Sandy Hook ’false flag’ conspiracy and tore open the emotional wounds that plaintiff has tried so desperately to heal.”
Both lawsuits were filed in state court in Travis County, Texas. Jones didn’t reply to a request for comment sent through his website.
The cases are Pozner v. Jones, GN-18-001842, District Court of Travis County, Texas, and Heslin v. Jones, GN-18-001835, District Court of Travis County, Texas.
- Who Will Be TIME's Person of the Year 2023?
- Why Cell Phone Reception Is Getting Worse
- The Dirty Secrets of Alternative Plastics
- Column: It's Time to Scrap the Abraham Accords
- Israeli Family Celebrates Release of Hostage Grandmother
- In a New Movie, Beyoncé Finds Freedom
- The Top 100 Photos of 2023
- Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time