For years, Alex Jones has been claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.
Jones claimed that children weren’t killed and that parents were crisis actors in an effort to force gun control.
Under oath and facing a jury that could hit him with $150 million or more in damages for his false claims, Jones said Wednesday he now realizes that was irresponsible and believes that what happened in the deadliest school shooting in American history was “100% real.”
Alex Jones is being sued by the parents of a child who was killed at the Sandy Hook shooting.
Jones’ public confession arrived on the final day of testimony in a two-week defamation lawsuit against him and his Austin-based media company, Free Speech Systems, brought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis.
Their son was a first grader among the 20 students and 6 teachers killed at the elementary school in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012.
“I unintentionally took part in things that did hurt these people’s feelings and I’m sorry for that,” said Jones.
Jones’ attorneys “ACCIDENTALLY” sent 2 years of text messages from his cellphone to a lawyer for the Sandy Hook parents suing him.
During his cross-examination, Alex Jones was informed that his attorneys accidentally sent two years of text messages from his cellphone to a lawyer for the Sandy Hook parents suing him — and then failed to note that the messages were protected under attorney-client privilege.
Mark Bankston, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, presented a text message about Sandy Hook that Bankston said came from Jones’s cellphone.
“Do you know where I got this?” Bankston asked Jones.
“No,” Jones replied.
Bankston explained: “Twelve days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cellphone with every text message that you’ve sent for the past two years — and when informed, did not take any steps to identify it as privileged or protected.”