Alex Jones insulted the father of a Sandy Hook victim during a broadcast while the father testified against him.
Jones took to the skies when Neil Heslin testified that Jones made his life a “living hell.”
The InfoWars clip was played before the Texas jury in Jones’ lawsuit for damages for defamation.
Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones railed against the mother and father of one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre on his InfoWars broadcast on Tuesday, while the father testified against him at his libel compensation process.
Jones appeared on InfoWars while the trial was underway and Sandy Hook’s father, Neil Heslin, testified against him.
During the broadcast, Jones called Neil Heslin “slow” and someone who is “manipulated by some very bad people.”
Heslins’ attorney played the clip for the Texas jury while Scarlett Lewis sat on the witness stand.
“I feel stunned in a bad way — it’s horrible, horrible, horrible,” Lewis told the court when her attorney asked her how she felt watching the broadcast Jones made as Heslin previously testified.
Heslin and Lewis, the parents of murdered 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, have sued Jones, the founder of InfoWars, and his media company Free Speech Systems for defamation over his false “hoax” claims about the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting that involved 20 first-graders and six teachers were killed.
Wesley Ball, a lawyer for Heslin and Lewis, brought Jones’ broadcast to the court’s attention before the jury entered the courtroom after a lunch break.
“While Mr. Heslin was in the stands, Alex Jones said on his radio show what I believe are more or less defamatory statements by Mr. Heslin,” Ball told Travis County District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble.
Ball explained that Jones mentioned Lewis’s name during the broadcast, which he says “relates directly to her claim for emotional distress.”
Jones’ attorney, F. Andino Reynal, said he was “told that” [the broadcast] continues and [Jones] says he’s sorry,” while resisting playing the clip in front of the judges.
The judge eventually allowed the clip to be played in front of the jury while Jones was in court.
Jones was not in court earlier Tuesday when Heslin took the witness stand and… called Jones “cowardly” for not being there to hear his testimony.
“I think it’s disrespectful. I think it’s a cowardice act by Alex Jones not to look at me here in this courtroom,” Heslin said.
Heslin told the jury that he endured “living hell” due to “Alex Jones’s negligence and recklessness and the propaganda he spread for his own gain and success.”
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Jones repeatedly told his audience that the shooting was a “huge hoax” staged by the government with “crisis actors”.
He has already been charged with libel by the Texas and Connecticut courts for his portrayal of the rampage — the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
The jury in the trial will determine how much money Jones must pay to Heslin and Lewis, who are seeking $150 million in damages.
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