(DCWatchdog.com) – Talk show host Alex Jones admitted during a court trial in Texas that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was “real,” after claiming for years it was a hoax.
At the same time, however, an apparent mistake by his lawyers exposed him as having lied that he had never mentioned the Sandy Hook massacre in his communication records.
A total of 20 first-graders aged 6 and 7 and six school staff members were slaughtered in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, by shooter Adam Lanza who then committed suicide.
Jones, best known as the founder of Infowars, is presently on trial in a $150 million defamation lawsuit launched by the parents of one of the child victims in the school massacre.
While the 48-year-old conservative radio show host admitted in court hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday that the school shooting was “100% real,” his legal team got him in more trouble.
Jones is now accused of lying under oath after his lawyers mistakenly leaked hundreds of his text messages mentioning the Sandy Hook shooting, The New York Post reported.
A digital copy of several hundred of Jones’s text messages from the past several years got sent, supposedly by mistake, to the lawyers of the parents suing him.
Jones had claimed before the defamation trial that his records contain zero texts in which he mentions the Sandy Hook massacre, and he reiterated that allegation during the court hearings.
After he did so under oath, the parents’ counsel showed the judge and jury the leaked texts as evidence that the Infowars founder was lying.
“Do you know what perjury is?” Mark Bankston, the parents’ lawyer, asked Jones, who replied affirmatively.
In his testimony on Wednesday, the conservative radio host admitted his allegations that Sandy Hook was staged as a justification for gun control are “absolutely irresponsible.” However, he also argued that the media “won’t let me take it back.”
“[I’ve been] typecast as someone that runs around talking about Sandy Hook, makes money off Sandy Hook, is obsessed with Sandy Hook,” Jones argued.
Before that, on Tuesday, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble slammed Jones for claiming that his company was bankrupt and would be destroyed by any verdict awarding the parents more than $2 million.
The parents’ lawyer, however, presented an internal email showing that Infowars made $800,000 in a day – which Jones claimed occurred only on the best day for his company that year.