Families of Sandy Hook Victims Reject Alex Jones' Settlement Offer

Families of Sandy Hook Victims Reject Alex Jones’ Settlement Offer

  • Relatives of Sandy Hook rejected Alex Jones’ settlement victims offer of $120,000 per plaintiff.
  • The relatives said the offer was an attempt by Jones to “escape a public reckoning.”
  • He had baselessly claimed that the shooting was a hoax and that the families involved were “actors.”

The families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting rejected a settlement offer by the Infowars host Alex Jones, whom they accused of defaming them by claiming the killings never actually took place.

Jones had on Tuesday offered each of the 13 plaintiffs a settlement sum of $120,000, court filings said. “Mr. Jones extends his heartfelt apology for any distress his remarks caused,” the offers read.

Lawyers for the relatives filed to reject Jones’ offers on Wednesday, with the filing calling them “a transparent and desperate attempt by Alex Jones to escape a public reckoning under oath with his deceitful, profit-driven campaign against the plaintiffs and the memory of their loved ones lost at Sandy Hook.”

Jones, a far-right conspiracy theorist, had baselessly claimed that the shooting was a “giant hoax” staged with “crisis actors” to support opposition to the Second Amendment. A 20-year-old gunman killed six adults and 20 first-graders in the tragedy at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jones later admitted in a sworn deposition that the shooting did take place and claimed that a “form of psychosis” had led him to believe and all his bogus theories about it.

In November, a Connecticut judge found Jones liable by default for damages when he refused to turn over evidence. The amount he must pay has not been determined.

Last week, Jones failed to appear for his court-ordered deposition, claiming to be sick. However, Judge Barbara Bellis refused to excuse him, noting complaints from the relatives that Jones was healthy enough to appear on his live show in the days prior.

Jones also faces trial later this year over separate defamation laws in Texas filed by families of the Sandy Hook victims, for which he has also been found liable for damages.

Lawyers for Jones did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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