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Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $45 Million in Punitive Damages

Alex Jones during his trial at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2022.
Alex Jones during his trial at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2022.

Photographer: Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman/Pool/AP

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A Texas jury on Friday ordered Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a Sandy Hook victim, a day after he was ordered to pay $4.1 million in actual damages for claiming that the school shooting was a hoax.

The combined award —which is likely to be reduced—is well below the $150 million that parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis sought for the InfoWars host’s assertions that the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn., was fabricated. Their six-year-old, Jesse Lewis, was killed in the shooting.