Alex Jones Accused of Hiding Assets in Sandy Hook Lawsuit | Daily news alerts

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Alex Jones is facing a retrial in Texas on charges that the Infowars host hid millions of dollars in assets after families of Sandy Hook victims began scamming him. bring to justice.

Relatives of some of the 20 children and six educators killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut massacre have already won defamation suits against Jones after saying the shooting never happened. The new lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday, comes as trials are scheduled for this year over how much he should pay.

“After Alex Jones was sued for claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was a hoax, the infamous conspiracy theorist conspired to divert his assets to shell companies owned by insiders like his parents, children and himself,” reads the lawsuit, which was filed in Austin, Texas, by some of the Sandy Hook families.

According to the lawsuit, Jones is accused of making around $18 million from his company Infowars over three years, starting in 2018 when the defamation suits were filed. Jones is also accused of claiming a “questionable” debt of $54 million at that time to another company, which the lawsuit says is indirectly or directly owned by Jones.

Norm Pattis, an attorney for Jones, said there was no effort to hide any assets.

“The suggestion is ridiculous. We look forward to litigating these issues,” Pattis said in an email Friday.

The trial was reported for the first time by the American statesman of Austin.

The complaint was filed the same day Jones was questioned by lawyers for Sandy Hook families. A judge ordered him face mounting fines until he appears for a deposition.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.