Who is Alex Jones? The Infowars host at the centre of Sandy Hook defamation suit

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Alex Jones has been ordered to pay more than £3 million in damages  (Getty Images)
Alex Jones has been ordered to pay more than £3 million in damages (Getty Images)

Alex Jones faces paying $4.1 million (around £3.4 million) in damages for his numerous claims that the lethal Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax.

Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, who brought the defamation lawsuit forward, requested up to $150 million (£125 million) for ten years of harassment, emotional suffering and death threats from his viewers following his false claims.

On his show Infowars, Jones claimed that the couple were “crisis actors” and victims of the 2012 shooting, including their son Jesse Lewis, were not really killed.

The conspiracy theorist and creator of Infowars was ordered on Thursday to pay the fine to the parents of six-year-old Lewis.

So who is the radio host who is now banned from his own socials?

Who is Alex Jones?

Born Alexander Emerick Jones, the 48-year-old far-right conservative was born in Dallas, Texas in 1974.

The American show host has credited his first encounter with conspiracy theories to Gary Allen’s book None Dare Call It Conspiracy, which alleged that global bankers were puppeteers of American politics.

His early broadcasting career began on a live call-in program, not 200 miles south of his hometown in Austin.

The ACATV broadcasting network saw a 22-year-old Jones begin his now famous red-faced rants on alt-right opinions, from the illuminati to how NASA faked the moon landing to the New World Order.

At the turn of the century, he was fired from KJFK-FM and started The Alex Jones Show from his own home.

Around 100 stations syndicated his show in 2001, but many dropped it after Jones claimed that George W Bush’s administration had manufactured the 9/11 tragedy.

After hosting Donald Trump on air and boosting his rise to office, the “false flag” conspiracist was identified by lawmakers for reportedly being one of the organisers of the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally outside the Capitol in 2021.

Jones is also known to be an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment, the American convention on gun rights.

What is Infowars?

In 1999, Jones founded the show Infowars focused on conspiracy stories, with his then-wife Kelly Jones.

The accompanying website in 2016 surpassed the reach of major news sites, such as The Economist, with around 10 million monthly visits.

From 2015 to 2018, the Infowars store reportedly made $165 million from products such as dietary supplements and bulletproof vests.

YouTube hit the gun rights advocate with a ban on live streams and removed four Infowars videos for “child endangerment and hate speech” in 2018. Facebook followed with a 30-day suspension on his profile and removed the same clips from the site.

Jones was banned from Apple, Spotify, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Mailchimp in the same year.

Google Play also removed the Infowars app from the Play store after it was used to spread Covid-19 misinformation.

This year, in the middle of the Sandy Hook trial, Infowars’ parent company declared bankruptcy – which could delay payment to the families of victims for several years.

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