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Jones Sued Over Sandy Hook Claims
Three parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting are suing local conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over his belief that the shooting never happened, and was instead a staged event with crisis actors.
Neil Heslin, who lost his 6-year-old son, along with Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose 6-year-old was also killed, filed two lawsuits in Austin where Jones' Infowars is based. Each suit is seeking $1-million. The families allege that Jones' belief that the shooting was staged has led to multiple death threats aimed at them from his loyal listeners, many of whom believe the shooting never happened.
In a 2016 interview with New York magazine, Pozner said, "Conspiracy theorists erase the human aspect of history. My child — who lived, who was a real person — is basically going to be erased.”
The families are suing for defamation, and it's not the first time Jones has been slapped with a similar suit. He's currently facing a defamation lawsuit related to 2017's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as well one related to February's shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He also recently settled a suit with yogurt maker Chobani over claims he made that the company was hiring illegal immigrants at its plant in Idaho and driving up the crime rate.