A Texas jury ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a victim of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, just a day after the jury determined separate damages.
“I’ll take it!” The lawyer for parents Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin said after the figure was reached on Friday, according to The New York Times.
Lewis and Heslin, whose son Jesse Lewis was one of nearly two dozen children killed in the shooting, sued Jones’ media company Free Speech Systems and the conspiracy theorist himself for defamation, according to The The New Zealand Times.
A jury Thursday ordered Jones, who has unfounded allegations that the 2012 school shooting was a hoax, to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages.
Jones has made false claims about the school shooting, including the claim that no children were killed in the massacre.
“I wanted to say it to your face because I wanted you to know that I am a mother first and foremost. And I know you’re a father. And my son existed,” Lewis told Jones during the trial.
‘And I don’t understand. Truth, truth is so essential to our world. Truth is what we base our reality on, and we have to agree on that in order to have a civil society. Sandy Hook is a hard truth. Hard truth. No one would ever want to believe that 26 children could be killed.”
“I inadvertently participated in things that hurt these people’s feelings,” Jones said at one point in the trial, according to the TNZT.