During a cross-examination during his defamation trial in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Alex Jones was told that his lawyers accidentally sent two years’ worth of text messages from his cell phone to the attorney for the Sandy Hook parents who sued him – and then failed to notice that the messages were protected under attorney-client privilege.
Mark Bankston, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, presented a text message about Sandy Hook that Bankston said came from Jones’ cell phone.
“Do you know where I got this from?” Bankston asked Jones.
“No,” Jones replied.
Bankston explained to Jones: “Twelve days ago your lawyers screwed up and sent me a full digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you’ve sent over the past two years – and when they were notified, they have taken no steps to identify as privileged or protected.”
In a preliminary arraignment, Jones had testified under oath that he had searched his phone for text messages about Sandy Hook in preparation for the trial and found nothing.
“That’s how I know you lied to me when you said you didn’t text Sandy Hook,” Bankston told Jones. “Did you know this?”
Jones said he didn’t and that he gave his phone to his lawyers.
“I think this is your ‘Perry Mason’ moment,” he added.
“You know what perjury is, right?” Bankston asked Jones.
“Yes, I do,” Jones replied. “I mean, I’m not a techie.”
The dramatic exchange took place during Jones’ cross-examination on the second day of his testimony.
Earlier Wednesday, Jones attempted to portray himself as a victim who had been “typed” for claiming the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was staged.
Jones, the only witness called by his defense team, has begun to complain to media outlets refusing to report that he now believes the massacre that killed 20 children and six educators actually took place.
“It’s 100% real,” Jones said under direct questioning from his attorney, F. Andino Reynal.
The concession came a day after Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy who was murdered in Sandy Hook, told the jury that false claims that the attack didn’t take place could turn their lives into a “living made hell”. .”
Heslin and Lewis are suing Jones and his media company Free Speech Systems for $150 million for the harassment they received as a result of the baseless conspiracy theory spread by Jones and his guests on Infowars, a far-right website that features talk shows and other content.
Jones was asked by Reynal to explain what he now thinks about the Newtown massacre.
“I think Sandy Hook happened. I think it was a terrible event,” he said, before adding: “I think it was a cover-up. The FBI knew it was going to happen.”
During a cross-examination, Bankston inundated Jones with questions about statements made during the trial about Infowars, including the suggestion that Judge Maya Guerra Gamble is manipulating the proceedings with a real script and that Gamble is somehow involved in a pedophilia ring. .
Bankston asked Jones if such statements prove he takes the process seriously.
“I think this is as serious as cancer,” Jones replied.
Bankston also asked Jones about other mass tragedies he claimed were “false flag” events, including the mass shootings in Las Vegas, Parkland, Florida, and Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the Boston Marathon bombings.
As was the case during Jones’ testimony on TuesdayGamble repeatedly reminded Jones that he should only answer the questions that were put to him.
“This is not your show,” the judge said.