Alex Jones must pay extra $45m for hoax claims

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US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to wage $45.2m (£37m) successful punitive damages aft falsely claiming a 2012 schoolhouse shooting was a hoax.

The aforesaid assemblage successful Texas connected Thursday ruled the vigor big indispensable wage $4.1m successful compensatory damages to the parents of a kid killed successful the attack.

The parents said they had endured harassment and affectional distress due to the fact that of Jones' misinformation.

Twenty children and six adults were killed astatine Sandy Hook successful Connecticut.

The lawsuit was brought by Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the separated parents of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, who died successful the schoolhouse shooting.

The compensatory damages issued connected Thursday were meant to screen the existent costs to the household incurred by Jones' defamation, specified arsenic the backstage information they hired during the proceedings retired of fearfulness of an onslaught from a Jones supporter.

The punitive damages are meant to enactment arsenic a deterrent, and halt Jones from repeating his offence.

"We inquire that you nonstop a very, precise elemental connection and that is: Stop Alex Jones," a lawyer for the parents said successful tribunal connected Friday.

"Stop the monetisation of misinformation and lies. Please."

Earlier connected Friday, an economist hired by the parents testified that Jones, his media marque Infowars and genitor institution Free Speech Systems were worthy up to $270m.

Free Speech Systems filed for bankruptcy protections astatine the opening of the trial.

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