Alex Jones claims psychosis fueled his Sandy Hook hoax stance
Alex Jones, who claimed the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was staged, may now be blaming his opinion on “a form of psychosis” he had in the past “where I basically thought everything was staged ...even though I’m learning a lot of things aren’t staged.”
According to published reports, those claims were made earlier this month when Jones was grilled in an Austin, Texas, video deposition in connection with one of the suits brought by parents of some of the 20 children killed in the 2012 massacre.
Gunman Adam Lanza, who also killed his mother and six teachers during the mass shooting, killed himself as police approached the school.
Jones spent more than three hours answering questions posed by lawyers in a suit claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress brought on behalf of Jessie Lewis by his mother, Scarlett Lewis.
The Lewis suit is just one of several lawsuits against Jones and others pending in Texas, Virginia and Connecticut.
The video of the deposition was posted in two parts on YouTube.
It was not long after the shooting that Jones maintained on his InfoWars program that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, nothing more than a government attempt to pass laws that would limit the right to bear arms.
In his former television show, Jones claimed the shooting was staged by paid actors who faked the children’s deaths.
Earlier this month, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis gave families the right to interview Jones under oath for five hours as part of the lawsuit discovery process. She also recommended the case be moved to the complex litigation docket in Waterbury Superior Court where she will be sitting, beginning Sept. 1.
In another matter, a federal judge in Virginia refused to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against Jones by the Georgetown Law School’s Civil Rights Clinic on behalf of Brennan Gilmore. Gilmore was a counter protestor who filmed the car attack that killed Heather Heyer and injured 36 others during the 2017 far right rally in Charlottesville, Va.