Infowars host Alex Jones filed for personal bankruptcy protection in Texas on Friday, citing debtHe has been ordered to pay the families who sued him over his conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Jones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Houston. His filing listed $1 billion to $10 billion in liabilities and $1 million to $10 million in assets.
Jones acknowledged the filing on his Infowars broadcast, saying the case would prove he was broke, and asking viewers to shop on his website to help keep the show on the air.
“I’m officially out of money, personally,” Jones said. “It’s all going to be filed. It’s all going to be public. And you’ll see that Alex Jones has almost no cash.”
Jones, who sells dietary supplements and other items on his InfoWars site, and promotes them during his shows, said he would not comment further on the bankruptcy.
For years, Jones called the 2012 massacre a hoax. In October, a Connecticut jury awarded $965 million to the families of the victims.and a judge later settled for another $473 million , Earlier in the year, a Texas jury awarded $49 million in damages to the parents of a child killed in the shooting.
The bankruptcy filing temporarily halted all proceedings., A judge was forced to cancel a Friday hearing on a request by Sandy Hook families to secure assets of Jones and his company to help pay more than $1.4 billion in damages awarded there .
Chris Mattei, an attorney for the Sandy Hook families in the Connecticut case, criticized the bankruptcy filing.
“Like every other cowardly move made by Alex Jones, this bankruptcy will not work,” Mattei said in a statement. “The bankruptcy system does not protect anyone who engages in willful and egregious attacks on others, as Mr. Jones did. The American judicial system will hold Alex Jones accountable, and we will work to enforce the jury’s decision as ever. Won’t stop.”
An attorney representing Jones in the bankruptcy case did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
InAnd in the Connecticut cases, some relatives of the 20 children and six adults killed in the school shooting testified that they were bullied and harassed for years by people who believed the lies told on Jones’ show. A parent testified that the conspirators urinated on their 7-year-old son’s grave and threatened to dig up the coffin.
Erica Lafferty, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Don Hochsprung, testified that people mailed rape threats to her home.
Jones laughed at the prize on his Infowars show, saying that he had less than $2 million to his name and would not be able to pay that much. Those comments contradicted testimony from a forensic economist at the Texas trial, who said Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, have a combined net worth of $270 million. There is also a free speech system,
In documents filed in July in the bankruptcy case of Free Speech Systems in Texas, the budget for the company from November 26 to December 23 projected product sales to be approximately $3 million, while operating expenses would be approximately $739,000. Jones’ salary is listed at $20,000 every two weeks.
Sandy Hook families allege in another lawsuit in Texas that Jones hid millions of dollars in assets after relatives of the victims took him to court. Jones’ attorney denied the allegation.
A third trial over Jones’ comments at Sandy Hook is expected to begin within the next two months in Texas in a lawsuit brought by the parents of another child killed in the shooting.