Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will have to answer questions during a five-hour deposition in connection to a defamation case brought by familiesof the Sandy Hook school massacre, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The lawsuit alleges Jones has for years peddled the conspiracy theory that the shooting at a Sandy Hook elementary school was staged and the families of the victims are actors who faked their relatives’ deaths.
Jones will be forced to answer questions in person during the deposition, which can last as long as five hours, a spokesperson for the law firm representing the families said.
“From the beginning, we have said that Jones knowingly peddled false and malicious narratives in order to make money at the expense of the Sandy Hook families’ grief, safety and security,” Josh Koskoff, an attorney representing the families, said in a statement after the ruling.
“Today’s ruling moves us one step closer to proving this.”
The suit was brought by a number of families of the victims, and an FBI agent.
“It is far beyond time that he be held accountable for the pain his false narratives have caused so many and today’s ruling brings us one step closer to doing that,” Mark Barden, whose son was killed in the shooting, said in a statement after the ruling.
Jones did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Source: International News