Alex Jones’ companies, including his media site Infowars, have filed for bankruptcy following lawsuits over public comments they called the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax.
Three entities controlled by Jones filed for Chapter 11 protection in southern Texas, According to Bloomberg News,
The companies reportedly cited estimated liabilities of $10 million.
Filing for Chapter 11 allows companies to continue operating while they plan to start their business. It also puts an end to any pending civil litigation.
relatives of some 20 children and six teachers murdered In 2012 the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre sued Jones for defamation, saying he had received harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers.
a judge Jones was found liable for damagesAnd a trial was scheduled for August on how much it should pay to families.
Jones was also found liable for damages in similar defamation lawsuits by relatives of victims in Texas, where a trial is due to start later this month,
Jones has since said that he believes the shooting took place. His lawyers have said the lawsuits were filed for silencing media personalities and infringing on their constitutional rights to freedom of expression.
last month, Jones offered to pay $120,000 per plaintiff. to settle the lawsuit. This offer was immediately rejected by the families.
Jones recently defied a court order to attend a deposition near his home in Austin, Texas, to testify before trial. Jones said he was ill.
A Connecticut judge ruled last month that Jones would be reimbursed $75,000 in fines as Jones finally showed in a rescheduled statement earlier this month.
Jones said he missed statements on March 23 and 24 in Austin – the home of Jones and InfoWars – because of a medical problem that included vertigo.
He said his doctors initially thought it was a serious heart problem, but later it turned out to be a sinus infection.
post with wires