The dishonesty of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones came to light in a Texas court on Wednesday as an attorney for two Sandy Hook parents cross-examined the Infowars founder and verified his answers in real time.
The jury hearing the case will determine how much Jones will have to pay parents, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who obtained a default judgment against him earlier this year. An attorney representing Heslin and Lewis asked the jury to award $150 million in damages.
Jones, who was the only defense witness at trial, did not fare well on Wednesday as he was cross-examined by plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Bankston.
In a remarkable moment, Bankston revealed to Jones and the court that he had recently acquired evidence proving that Jones had lied when he claimed during the discovery process that he had never texted about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
Bankston said Jones’ lawyer had, in an apparent accident, sent him two years of cellphone records that included all of the text messages Jones sent.
Cell phone records, Bankston said, showed that Jones had in fact texted about the Sandy Hook shooting.
“That’s how I know you lied to me when you said you didn’t text about Sandy Hook,” Bankston said.
Bankston showed Jones an exchange of text messages he had about Sandy Hook. But Jones testified that he had “never seen those text messages”.
When reminded that Jones testified under oath that he searched his phone during the discovery phase of the trial and could not locate the messages regarding Sandy Hook, Jones insisted that he “didn’t lie”.
Jones made an unsubstantiated claim following the Sandy Hook shooting, in which 26 people were killed, that the incident was staged. Facing lawsuits, Jones has since acknowledged that the shooting took place.
Jones said in a 2019 sworn deposition that a “form of psychosis” made her believe at the time that she had been staged.
And in court on Wednesday, Jones said he believed the Sandy Hook shooting happened, saying it was “100% real”.
In another notable moment during cross-examination on Wednesday, Jones was asked if he linked Maya Guerra Gamble, the judge overseeing the trial, to pedophilia and human trafficking.
When Jones denied doing so, Bankston played an Infowars video for the court that did just that.
In the video, Jones attacked Gamble’s previous work for Child Protective Services claiming the agency had been “exposed” for “working for paedophiles”.
Gamble, whose office did not respond to an earlier request for comment that Infowars attacked her in these terms, laughed when she saw a screenshot of the video in court on Wednesday.
“The person on the left of this picture is our judge, right? Bankston asked Jones.
Jones replied yes.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs said Tuesday they intend to seek sanctions against Jones for being dishonest on the stand. And Gamble on Tuesday had also reprimanded Jones for violating his oath to tell the truth twice.
“You are already under oath to tell the truth,” Gamble said Tuesday. “You have already violated that oath twice today, in those two instances only. It seems absurd to tell you again that you must tell the truth while you testify. Yet here I am again.
“It’s not your show,” Gamble added to him on Wednesday.
After Jones finished testifying on Wednesday, the defense closed its case and closing arguments began.
The jury could potentially decide how much damages it will award Sandy Hook’s parents as early as this week.
The pending lawsuit is the first of three that will determine how much Jones will have to pay several Sandy Hook families who sued him and won default judgments.