USA: Alex Jones ordered to pay $473 million in damages

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by Jack Queen

(Reuters) – U.S. conspirator Alex Jones was ordered by a Connecticut judge on Thursday to pay $473 million (466 million euros) in punitive damages for his defamatory statements about the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012.

The decision came a month after a Waterbury, Conn., jury ordered Alex Jones and the company that controls his website, Infowars, to pay $965 million to family members of shooting victims. he had accused of being actors and of having staged the killings as part of a conspiracy to deprive American citizens of the right to own weapons.

Judge Barbara Bellis also issued a decision on Wednesday prohibiting Alex Jones from transferring financial assets outside the United States.

On December 14, 2102, a gunman shot and killed his mother before killing 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Nursery School, before killing himself.

The conspiracy theories relayed by Infowars had exposed parents of victims to two years of threats and harassment.

After filing several complaints against him, Alex Jones admitted that the shooting had taken place but he refused to apologize to the families during his trial.

His company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy in July.

(Report Jack Queen, French version Marc Angrand)

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