A Connecticut judge has ruled that conspiracy king Alex Jones and his company Infowars should pay an additional $473 million in punitive damages and attorney’s fees, on top of the nearly $1 billion judgment a jury assessed against him last month. Following a Zoom hearing last week, Judge Barbara Bellis released a ruling today finding that Jones and Infowars must pay $321.6 million in attorney’s fees, attorney’s costs of $1.4 million, and $150 million under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Jones was sued for defamation by a group of Sandy Hook families in both Texas and Connecticut; he lost all the cases by default last year. The families have won millions of dollars in judgments in two civil trials; a third, in Texas, is not yet set for trial. In the middle of the first trial in Texas, Infowars’ parent company, Free Speech Systems, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
On Infowars, Jones chortled as he responded to the latest ruling, calling it “absolutely ridiculous” and insisting the judgments will be reduced through the appeals and bankruptcy processes.
“I don’t want to say I’m having an orgasm right now,” he added, in a metaphor as baffling as it was off-putting. “But it’s a joke.” Jones insisted he has “hardly anything except a giant audience of patriots and liberty and freedom. I’m super rich in that area.”
Jones’ attorney Norm Pattis did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Motherboard.
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