Alex Jones, a far right-wing radio host, has been at the center of major controversy since he began insisting that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax orchestrated to increase gun control in the United States. On Wednesday, Jones was ordered to pay $965 million in damages to the victims’ families, marking the largest defamation suit in U.S. history.

Jones’ conspiracy theories about the tragedy that occurred in Connecticut led to significant harassment for the grieving families, as well as death threats. The amount that Jones has been ordered to pay is a combination of the damages for defamation, slander, and emotional distress.

On his show, ‘Infowars,’ Jones repeatedly told his audience that the shooting was staged by the government and that the families of the victims were actors who had completely fabricated their lost loved ones. Meanwhile, families, friends, and the entire community was grieving over the 20 children and six adults who were killed in the massacre.

At an earlier trial in Texas, Jones attempted to retract his claims, saying that the shooting was “100% real.” However, just last week he was back to calling the massacre “synthetic” and insisting that his trial was “rigged.”

“They want to scare us away from questioning Uvalde or Parkland,” Jones said. “We’re not going away. We’re not going to stop.”

In both Texas and Connecticut, Jones lost a series of civil lawsuits by default and was asked to pay $550 million.

Parents who lost their children in the shooting spoke at the trial, many of whom detailed the online hate they were the target of, as well as others who had to completely move for their own safety.

Victims of the Sandy Hook shooting

One father, Mark Barden, told the horrible story of people defiling his son’s grave by “urinating on it and threatening to dig it up.”

William Sherlach, who lost his wife Mary in the shooting, also testified. He explained how people online claimed his wife never existed and were so vicious to him online that he worried for his and his family’s safety.

“When every single one of these families were drowning in grief, Alex Jones put his foot right on top of them,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney Chris Mattei.

However, without remorse, Jones said, “Is this a struggle session? Are we in China? I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times, and I’m done saying I’m sorry.”

Jones, who already filed for bankruptcy, did not attend the hearing, but watched it live on Infowars, scoffing at the verdict and calling it a “joke.”

The defendant is facing a third trial that could also result in massive damages being awarded.

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