(WATERBURY, Connecticut)– Radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was ordered to pay $965 million to the families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook massacre for repeatedly claiming that the 2012 massacre was a hoax, a Connecticut jury ordered Wednesday.
Jones was found liable for damages after claiming the Sandy Hook incident was fake and staged by crisis actors hired as part of a plot to enact stricter gun laws.
The panel of jurors in court on Wednesday was tasked with determining how much Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, would be liable to pay victims’ relatives.
“I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times, and I’m done saying I’m sorry,” Jones said.
“I legitimately thought it might have been staged and I stand by that. I don’t apologize for it.” Jones concluded.
If the $965 million award survives appeals and the discretion of judges, it would be one of the largest civil lawsuit outcomes in American history.