Jesse, the 6-year-old son of Scarlett Lewis, was among 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. For years, she and her husband were harassed by people who believed that her child’s death was staged – but on Tuesday she had the chance to confront the man who was at the helm of
Lewis took the witness stand in the libel suit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his media company over his repeated claims that the Sandy Hook massacre was “staged”. Lewis and her husband, Neil Heslin, are seeking at least $150 million in damages and have explained how they were harassed, threatened and even shot by people believing Jones’ lies about the shooting. mass.
Sitting on the witness stand and looking Jones straight in the eye, Lewis said: “I wanted to say it to your face. … I’m a mother, first and foremost, and I know you’re a father. And my son existed.”
Lewis accused him of repeatedly implying on his Infowars show that she and other victims and their families were actors.
On the day of filming, Jones posted an episode of InfoWars in which he said, “Never think this couldn’t be staged.” He repeatedly suggested that the mass shooting could have been a “staged event”.
Politifact also tracked several examples of Jones’ comments. In a January 13, 2015 Infowars broadcast, Jones told a caller that “Sandy Hook is a completely fake synthetic with actors, in my opinion, fabricated”.
“I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed real kids. And that shows how daring they are, they clearly used actors,” he said. -he declares.
In another episode released on December 28, 2014, Jones said the shooting was a “giant hoax” andthat “everything was wrong”.
“You’re still on your show today trying to say that, implying that I’m an actress, that I’m in a deep state. You did that, this week. And I don’t get it,” said Lewis told Jones on Tuesday. “The truth – the truth is so vital to our world. The truth is what we base our reality on and we have to agree on that to have a civil society. Sandy Hook is a hard truth.”
She continued to press him on his false claims about the reality of filming, asking him directly at one point if she thought she was an actress.
“No, I don’t think you’re an actor,” Jones replied.
“Jesse was real. I’m a real mom,” she said. “…I know you know that, and that’s the problem.”
As she addressed him, Jones shook her head, to which she replied, “I know you believe me and yet you’re going to leave this courthouse and you’re going to say it on your show.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s hearing, Jones announced on his show that Lewis’ husband Neil Heslin was “slow” and manipulated. A post on the Infowars website last week details Jones’ statement to the press following a hearing in which he said the judge handling the case was only doing so “to political reasons”. He also said the case was “one of the biggest show trials ever” and was “the murder of your due process rights”.
Heslin, whoTuesday said Jones had made their lives a “living hell” filled with abuse and trauma from his followers. He and Lewis described people shooting at their homes and cars, being harassed and even receiving threatening emails.
“I can’t even describe the last nine and a half years, the hell that I and others have had to endure because of Alex Jones’ recklessness and negligence,” Heslin said.
“It’s fear for your life,” Lewis said. “You don’t know what they were going to do.”
Jones faces multiple lawsuits from Sandy Hook families who allege his claims led to years of abuse. He has already been convicted of defamation by courts in Texas and Connecticut for the way he portrayed the mass shooting as a hoax.