Far-right conspirator Alex Jones was ordered Thursday to pay more than $4 million to the parents of a boy killed in the worst-ever US school shooting, which he denied was reality.
This sentence, pronounced by a jury after a ten-day trial, is only the first in a series of proceedings brought by the relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook school against the founder of the Infowars site.
In 2012, a young man armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 children and six adults at this Connecticut establishment, sparking fear in the United States and reigniting the debate on measures to regulate the sale of 'firearms.
Alex Jones, a well-known figure on the far right and follower of conspiracy theories, had, against all evidence, affirmed on his site that the massacre was only a staging led by opponents of firearms.
According to relatives of the victims, his lies had energized his hearings, allowing him to pocket millions of dollars, while they became the target of harassment campaigns.
Several families had sued him for compensation.
He had finally publicly admitted the reality of the killing, while refusing to cooperate with the courts.
Judges in Texas and Connecticut had therefore condemned him by failure to pay plaintiffs damages, while leaving it up to jurors to set the amount.
On Thursday, they awarded $4.1 million in damages to Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son died in Sandy Hook, and who initiated the lawsuit in Texas.
Further financial sanctions are expected to follow shortly and could strip Alex Jones of his platform. form .