Alex Jones arrives at the courthouse as he faces his second defamation trial in the Sandy Hook lawsuits in Waterbury, Connecticut on September 22, 2022.
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Infowars host Alex Jones filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday after a jury and a Connecticut judge ordered him to pay $1.44 billion in damages to relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a new lawsuit reveals.
Jones, who promoted false claims that the shooting, which killed 20 first graders and six adults, was a hoax, filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, court records show.
In this document, the infamous conspiracy theorist estimates his liabilities to be between $1 billion and $10 billion, compared to assets of $1 million to $10 million.
He estimates that he has between 50 and 99 creditors.
The creditors named in the bankruptcy filing include the parents of the children murdered on December 14, 2012 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, who successfully sued him for defamation, and an FBI agent who arrived on the scene. massacre.
The largest unsecured creditor in the case was Robbie Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emily was killed that day. Parker, who was awarded $120 million in damages by Jones, was accused by Jones along with others of being a “crisis actor” involved in a conspiracy to stage a shooting.
In October, a Connecticut jury ordered Jones to pay almost $1 billion in damages to Sandy Hook’s relatives. The following month, the judge in the case added $473 million in punitive damages to that account.
Jones’ Free Speech Systems Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in July. The lawsuit was filed weeks before another Texas civil jury awarded Jones and his company $50 million in damages to the mother of the child killed in Sandy Hook.
Relatives of the Sandy Hook victims said the harassment they experienced immediately after the shooting, by people who believed the massacre was a hoax, continued until this year.
On Thursday, Jones interviewed Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West. During this Infowars appears, Ye made a number of anti-Semitic comments, praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and talking about his recent dinner. with former President Donald Trump and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.