InfoWars host Alex Jones, who is beingor Sandy Hook victims, said in a deposit released Friday that now believes the massacre was not a hoax. In the deposition posted on YouTube, Jones said he believes 26 people were killed in the 2012 shooting, but that "a form of psychosis" made him believe it was staged.
Jones has several repeatedly claimed massacre in Newtown, Connecticut – which left 20 children and six adults dead – was hoax and the victims involved. For years, he has suggested the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was staged with paid "actors." He also claimed the children who died never actually existed.
Mark Bankston represents Sandy Hook's parent Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis died at Sandy Hook and is seeking damages for false accusations and targeted harassment. According to his law firm's website, "The complaint charges that the defendants took part in an ongoing campaign to mock Ms. Lewis and other parents of children killed in the 201
During the three-hour deposit, Jones refused to apologize and attempted to minimize the damage he caused in perpetuating Sandy Hook conspiracies. He blamed his "psychosis" on the stressful nature of his job, but he did not say he had been diagnosed with the disorder.
"And I, myself, have almost had the form of psychosis back in the past where I was basically thought everything was staged, even though I'm now learning a lot of times things aren't staged," Jones said. "So I think as a pundit, someone giving an opinion, that, you know, my opinions have been wrong, but they were never wrong consciously to hurt people." Jones also blamed the media for his actions and said that questioning public events is an "essential part of the First Amendment in America.
" Well, I'm just saying that the trauma of the media and the corporations lies so much, then everything begins – you don't trust anything anymore "He said.
Jones told Bankson that he would no longer lie about Sandy Hook in the future, and that would not share conspiracy theories without confirming them. However, during an info broadcast broadcast Monday, Jones argued that had potentially been murdered ed to further build a case against Jones.a Sandy Hook father who died at apparent suicide and had been in plaintiff in a defamation suit against Jones,
This is just one of aby the families of 10 Sandy Hook victims Jones faces for claiming the shooting didn't happen and pushing unconfirmed conspiracy theories. In addition to the lawsuits, major tech companies have kicked Jones of their platforms. Earlier this year, on a number of major social networks – including Spotify, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Apple, Facebook and Twitter – were terminated.
In aJones' attorneys attempted to argue he was "playing a character" on his show and actually "is a performance artist." But in his on testimony. "I am an actor, we're all actors, but I believe in what I stand for," he said.