Alex Jones agrees to liquidate Infowars empire to pay $1.5 billion to Sandy Hook families

This historic move follows years of misinformation and defamation by Jones regarding the tragic 2012 school shooting.

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Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist known for spreading false claims about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has agreed to liquidate his personal assets to pay the $1.5 billion in damages owed to the victims’ families. This decision follows years of legal battles over Jones’s defamatory statements regarding the tragedy.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, left 20 children and six educators dead. Jones repeatedly claimed that the shooting was a hoax staged by the government to promote gun control, causing significant emotional distress to the victims’ families. In 2022, juries in Texas and Connecticut ordered Jones to pay $1.5 billion in damages for defamation and emotional distress.

Despite the court rulings, the families have not received any compensation from Jones. Initially, Jones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allows for reorganization and continued operation under court supervision. However, facing mounting legal pressure, Jones has now agreed to convert his bankruptcy to Chapter 7, which involves the liquidation of his assets to pay creditors.

Chris Mattei, an attorney representing the Sandy Hook families, explained the significance of this move. “Converting the case to Chapter 7 will hasten the end of these bankruptcies and facilitate the liquidation of Jones’s assets, which is the same reason we have moved to convert his company’s case to Chapter 7,” Mattei stated.

Under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a court-appointed trustee will gather and sell Jones’s nonexempt assets, including his media company Infowars, to pay off his debts. This marks a significant shift from Jones’s previous attempts to protect his assets and maintain control over his media operations.

Jones’s media company, Free Speech Systems, which operates Infowars, is also under bankruptcy protection and has been supervised by a court-appointed restructuring officer. A hearing scheduled for June 14 will determine the fate of Free Speech Systems’ bankruptcy. Avi Moshenberg, another attorney representing some of the Sandy Hook families, noted, “This means [Jones’] ownership in Free Speech Systems is going to get sold.”

Despite these developments, Jones has continued to portray himself as a victim, claiming that the Sandy Hook families are trying to shut down his broadcasts with “a made-up kangaroo court debt.” However, the judge overseeing the case ruled that the defamation verdicts could not be discharged under bankruptcy laws because they resulted from Jones’s “willful and malicious injury.”

The liquidation of Jones’s assets, including Infowars, does not necessarily mean the end of the media company. The court-appointed trustee may sell the business to another owner, allowing Infowars to continue operating under new management.

This case underscores the significant legal and financial consequences for spreading harmful misinformation. Jones’s use of Infowars to disseminate false conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook massacre has led to severe repercussions for him and his media empire.

As the legal process continues, the focus remains on ensuring that the Sandy Hook families receive the compensation awarded to them. The outcome of this case will be closely watched, given its implications for accountability in the media and the consequences of spreading misinformation.

Attorney Chris Mattei emphasized the importance of this legal resolution, stating, “We are committed to seeing that justice is served and that the families receive the compensation they are rightfully owed.”

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