The families of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting said in a court filing Thursday that Alex Jones “systematically defended himself and his family” by claiming bankruptcy to avoid paying compensation to the families in multiple lawsuits. Millions of dollars transferred”.
The families of nine Sandy Hook victims asked a federal bankruptcy court judge to order that Jones give up control of Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Jones’ far-right, conspiracy theory website Infowars.
“Since the Sandy Hook families filed their lawsuits, the debtor has systematically transferred millions of dollars to Alex Jones and his relatives and insider entities,” the filing said. “It claims an insider made huge, secured loans that were first documented as loans when the Sandy Hook families were winning significant wins in Connecticut and Texas, but no records show Sandy Hook.” A real debt existed before the families were sued.”
“There are no honest debtors here,” the families said in the filing, adding that Jones was attempting to avoid paying them because they wanted damages for falsely claiming that the school shooting, where 20 students and six The teacher was killed, there was a hoax.
Representatives for Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the filing.
Lawyers for the families said in the filing that as long as the Free Speech System regulates and regulates its operations, “the prospects for a full and fair recovery of Sandy Hook families remain at risk.”
They are asking the court to appoint a committee to investigate Jones and the company’s conduct and the court orders Jones to relinquish control of the company and appoint a bankruptcy trustee instead.
The filing said Jones claimed that Free Speech Systems owes “heavy debt” of more than $50 million to PQPR Holdings, a company owned by Jones’ parent.
But the filing said 72% of payments to PQPR go to Jones and his family and that Jones’ bankruptcy claims “are the centerpiece of Jones’ plan to avoid paying compensation to Sandy Hook families.”
Jones faces several trials related to his false claims that the shooting was a hoax, including defamation cases in Texas and Connecticut.
Earlier this month, a Texas jury this month Jones ordered to pay $45.2 million In punitive damages to the parents of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook, and Another $4.1 million in compensatory damages.
Jones’ attorneys plan to appeal.
Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook lawsuit