Judge Barbara Bellis has granted the discovery request of the family members’ of several children, a teacher, and an FBI agent who were killed during the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School the Newtown, Connecticut.
The plaintiffs are suing Jones for defamation and allege that Jones spread a series of “abusive and outrageous false statements” and encouraged his viewers and listeners to act on this information.
The plaintiffs allege that because of Jones’ actions, they have been subject to “physical confrontation and harassment, death threats, and a sustained barrage of harassment and verbal assault on social media.” The lawsuit further claims that Jones knew his Sandy Hook hoax talk was a bunch of lies but he pushed them anyway as part of a profit-making plan for his internet and radio shows.
The plaintiffs will have access to internal company communications, including email messages and texts, concerning the Newtown massacre as well as the website’s contracts with social media companies, all of which could shed light on the intricacies behind Infowars’ conspiracy theory business model.
Streaming player Roku has come under fire for bringing banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars video channel back online.
Jones, who has called the Sandy Hook school shootings a “hoax,” was thrown off Apple, Facebook, Spotify and other online platforms in 2018.
“Roku’s shocking decision to carry Infowars and provide a platform for Alex Jones is an insult to the memory of the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook,” said Josh Koskoff, a lawyer representing several Sandy Hook families suing Jones.