Sandy Hook accuses Alex Jones of ‘erratic behavior’ ahead of family’s bankruptcy hearing

Families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims urge federal bankruptcy judge to appoint trustee who can ‘safeguard assets and prevent further destruction of value’ as conspiracy theorist Alex Jones seeks liquidation his wealth to repay a heavy debt he owes them. in defamation judgments.

In a filing before a related court hearing Friday in the Southern District of Texas, the families also accused Jones, the Infowars founder, of “erratic behavior over the past few weeks,” noting comments he made on his show claiming he had no assets other than the money he can earn selling nutritional supplements. He specifically instructed his listeners to continue purchasing the products from a website affiliated with his father, David Jones, a dentist known as “Dr. Jones,” according to the filing.

The families accuse Jones of attempting to divert assets from his media company, Free Speech Systems, to support his future business operations.

“Jones’ blatant and repeated attempts to funnel ownership of the FSS domain to an unaffiliated entity owned by his father – while using the Infowars brand and infrastructure to do so – are intentionally value-destroying,” the families said .

The families who sued Jones won in Connecticut and Texas and collectively received $1.5 billion in damages after claiming he defamed them and inflicted emotional distress on them by repeatedly suggesting in his show that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. A gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults at a Newtown, Connecticut, school in December. 14, 2012.

At his trial in Texas in 2022, Jones generally accused the “corporate media” of distorting and misrepresenting him, but did not specify how.

Jones had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy that year, a move that plaintiffs’ attorneys criticized as a move to avoid paying the debt. A judge ruled last year that Jones, who said in court papers that he owned about $9 million in personal property, could not use bankruptcy to overturn legal judgments.

His lawyers wrote in a court filing last week that “there is no reasonable prospect of a successful reorganization” of his debts, so they are seeking a judge’s permission to convert his bankruptcy filing to liquidation. of chapter 7.

Sandy Hook says they support the judge’s approval of the liquidation of the personal assets of the two Jones families, because they want to see how he can meet his financial obligations to them, and Free Speech Systems, which is also seeking protection from bankruptcies. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Lopez of the Southern District of Texas in Houston is expected to hear the case Friday.

A lawyer for the families said last week that meeting his financial obligations was part of a “meaningful responsibility” after his decades of inflammatory rhetoric.

Jones suggested on his show this week that Infowars would end, as his audience knows, in a few days.

“I will stay with the ship until it completely sinks,” he said, adding: “At the last moment, I will get on the next ship.”

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