According to the Sun Sentinel, Alex Jones said in a deposition that his claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax came from a mental disorder. Jones is currently involved in multiple lawsuits filed by parents of Sandy Hook victims.
Jones repeatedly said that the shooting was a hoax on his internet and radio show InfoWars. He told lawyers he “almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I’m now learning a lot of times things aren’t staged.”
Jones said his mental state came from “the trauma of the media and the corporations lying so much, then everything begins — you don’t trust anything anymore, kind of like a child whose parents lie to them over and over again, well, pretty soon they don’t know what reality is.”
The lawsuits filed by victims’ parents say that Jones’s claims about the shooting showed a reckless disregard for the truth. The suits also seek damages for the distress he caused the parents.
“So long before these lawsuits I said that in the past I thought everything was a conspiracy, and I would kind of get into that mass group think of the communities that were out there saying that,” Jones said. “And so now I see that it’s more in the middle. All right? So that’s where I stand.”
Jones was recently stripped of all major social media platforms for InfoWars because of his content. Jones built a large audience by declaring almost every major national tragedy since 9/11 as a “false flag” or an inside job.
Jones’s deposition was ordered by state District Judge Scott Jenkins in the case of Scarlett Lewis. Lewis’s son was one of the 20 first graders who was killed in the shooting. Lewis is suing Jones for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Although Jones said he believed that the Sandy Hook shooting was real, he still voiced cnspiracy suspicions during his deposition while being questioned by Houston lawyer Mark Bankston.
“I think we’ve agreed before that Sandy Hook was real. It was not staged. It was not phony. You were wrong about that,” Bankston said.
“Well, I want to be clear,” Jones replied. “I believe children died. I believe there was a mass shooting. I still think that there was a man in the woods in camo … and just a lot of experts I’ve talked to, including retired FBI agents and other people and people high up in the Central Intelligence Agency, have told me that there is a cover-up in Sandy Hook.”