Sandy Hook families suing InfoWars’ Alex Jones for defamation win legal victory as judge grants them access to the conspiracy site’s financial documents
- Six families of Sandy Hook shooting victims are suing Alex Jones for defamation
- A judge Friday ruled the families can review the financial documents of InfoWars
- Jones repeatedly claimed on InfoWars that the shooting was a hoax
- The families say they were subjected to harassment and death threats because of Jones’ claims
The families of the victims killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting have have won legal victory in their defamation case against conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones.
A Connecticut judge has ruled Friday that the families suing Jones can review the financial documents of the Infowars site that called the shooting a hoax.
Six Newtown families filed a lawsuit in April against Jones, the Infowars publisher and owner, accusing him of subjecting them to harassment and death threats from his followers.
The plaintiffs include the parents of four of the children killed at the Newtown school in 2012. Also suing are relatives of two slain educators.
Six families of Sandy Hook shooting suing Alex Jones for defamation were granted access to review the financial documents of InfoWars Friday
Relatives of two slain educators – school Principal Dawn Hochsprung (left) and first-grade teacher Victoria Soto (right) – are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit
The judge granted the families’ discovery requests, allowing them to access the website’s internal marketing and financial documents.
ABC News reports Jones’ lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In August a judge denied Jones’ request to dismiss the lawsuit.
Jones repeatedly called the Sandy Hook shooting attack ‘a hoax,’ before admitting it occurred.
His attorneys defended his speech in court as ‘rhetorical hyperbole,’ but denied it was defamation.
According to a statement, the plaintiffs allege a ‘years-long campaign of abusive and outrageous false statements in which Jones and the other defendants have developed, amplified and perpetuated claims that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged and that the 26 families who lost loved ones that day are paid actors who faked their relative’s deaths.’
Among the plaintiffs suing Jones are the relatives of two of the fatalities – Daniel Barden (left) and Dylan Hockley (right)
Ben Wheeler (left) and Avielle Richman (right) were also gunned down in the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012. Their relatives are also suing Jones
Chris Mattei, one of the attorneys representing the families, said in the statement said: ‘From the beginning, we have alleged that Alex Jones and his financial network trafficked in lies and hate in order to profit from the grief of Sandy Hook families. That is what we intend to prove, and today’s ruling advances that effort.
‘We look forward to gaining access to Infowars’ internal marketing and financial documents to show that Jones has built an empire as nothing more than a conspiracy profiteer, as alleged in our complaint.’
The lawsuit seeks monetary and punitive damages, attorney fees and other costs.
The plaintiffs include the parents of four children killed at the school – Daniel Barden, Dylan Hockley, Ben Wheeler and Avielle Richman.
Also suing are relatives of two slain educators – school Principal Dawn Hochsprung and first-grade teacher Victoria Soto.
In August a judge denied Jones’ request to dismiss the lawsuit