In Austin, Texas, far-right conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones admitted from the witness stand Wednesday that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, was real. Jones’s admission came at his civil trial, where he faces a $150 million defamation lawsuit from families of schoolchildren killed at Sandy Hook. For years Jones spread conspiracy theories that the Newtown shooting was a government hoax and the victims’ families were paid actors, resulting in online harassment and death threats for Sandy Hook families. The 2012 massacre claimed the lives of 20 schoolchildren and six educators. This week, Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was among the 20 children killed in the massacre, confronted Alex Jones from the witness stand.
Scarlett Lewis: “I wanted to tell you to your face, because I wanted you to know that I am a mother, first and foremost — and I know that you’re a father — and my son existed. You’re still on your show today trying to say that I’m — implying that I’m an actress.”
This week, lawyers for the Sandy Hook families revealed that Alex Jones’s attorneys sent them every text message Jones sent for the past two years — apparently by mistake. On Wednesday, the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection signaled it may subpoena Jones’s messages as it investigates his contacts with planners of the January 6 attack.