Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist, has filed for bankruptcy
Jones, founder of InfoWars, is liable for nearly $1.5bn in damages to the families of Sandy Hook victims.
After he claimed that the families of the children and teachers who were killed in the massacre were actors, he was sued.
Jones, 48, described Jones’ shooting as “phoney like a three-dollar bill” claiming that the entire event was staged to reduce gun rights.
In Connecticut, he was ordered to pay $1.4bn and in Texas $45m for damages caused by his lies.
His lawyers and he have indicated that he will appeal the decisions.
In December 2012, twenty-six pupils and six school staff members were among the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
According to a court filing, Jones applied for chapter 11 protection against creditors at the Houston bankruptcy court.
He stated in documents that he had assets of between $1m to $10m and liabilities of between $1bn to $10bn.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy permits a person or company to propose a restructuring plan that will allow them to continue operating while paying off their debts.
Because of his conspiracy theories, the controversial host was banned from almost all major social media platforms.
To a dedicated online audience, he streams content from his own platform.
Jones was the talk of the town after he was joined Thursday by Kanye West in an interview where he praised Hitler.
Jones was not on social media, but clips of Jones’ talk with West were widely circulated, West’s views about the Nazis causing widespread outrage.
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He told the rapper, “You’re no Hitler, you’re no Nazi, so you don’t deserve to be called this and demonized.”
West, whose face was covered by a black mask during the interview, said: “Well, well, I also see good things about Hitler.”
“I love all people, and Jewish people will not tell me that I can love them, but ‘… each human being has something to offer, especially Hitler.”
Jones was born in Dallas, Texas. He began his career in cable television in the 1990s. His conspiracy theories helped him to gain a following.
InfoWars was founded by him in 1999. It became a popular online conspiracy site, with more than 10,000,000 visits per month in 2017.
The site’s parent company, Free Speech Systems LLC, filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year after numerous controversies.
He also promoted the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory.