Alex Jones asks for donations after being ordered to pay $4.1M to Sandy Hook parents

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones begged his viewers to donate to him connected Thursday aft helium was ordered to wage much than $4 cardinal to the parents of a kid killed successful the Sandy Hook massacre, which helium erstwhile claimed was a hoax, arsenic an economist testifies successful tribunal that helium and his institution are worthy $270 million.

In a video posted Thursday to Infowars.com, Jones said the magnitude he's ordered to wage is 'more than my institution has [and] much than I personally have,' claiming 'we are truthful broke.'

Jones told viewers it's their work to support him and his institution afloat, saying successful the video 'if you don't money us... we volition unopen down' and telling them 'it's your decision' whether Infowars shuts down.

He added the institution 'can hardly support the unit employed' owed to their fiscal issues, but his website was recovered to person made implicit $800,000 a time during their highest successful 2017, though Jones called that their champion time ever. 

Alex Jones released a video asking his viewers to assistance money him, and said it's their work to support him and his institution afloat, saying successful the video 'if you don't money us... we volition unopen down'

Jones admitted during the proceedings and to the families of the victims that helium was incorrect to telephone the wide shooting a hoax and admitted it did, successful fact, happen, a sentiment helium reiterated successful the video.

But Bernard Pettingill, an economist who was hired by the plaintiffs to survey Jones’ nett worth, testified Friday that Jones is worthy up to $270 million. He said records amusement that Jones withdrew $62 cardinal for himself successful 2021, erstwhile default judgments were issued successful lawsuits against him.

'That fig represents, successful my opinion, a worth of a nett worth,' Pettingill said. 'He's got wealth enactment successful a slope relationship somewhere.'

Pettingill besides said Jones began funneling $11,000 a time into 1 his ammunition companies aft helium was alleged to person defamed parents of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, though Jones' lawyer maintained it is simply a existent company. 

 How is Alex Jones worthy $270 Million?

Economist Bernard Pettingill testified Friday that Alex Jones and his company's nett worthy could beryllium arsenic precocious arsenic $270 million.

Pettingill said Jones rakes successful astir $70 cardinal a twelvemonth from his website Infowars.com.

He added Jones apt makes a important magnitude from products helium sells, similar vitamin supplements called Anthroplex and Survival Shield X-2. 

He tracked Jones' funds and recovered the media fig brought successful $165 cardinal from September 2015 to December 2018. 

Infowars reportedly garners implicit 3 cardinal unsocial readers and 25 cardinal full tract views a month, which Pettingill said contributes to his finances.

He besides said Jones took a $54 cardinal indebtedness from 1 of his companies, which makes his nett worthy look smaller.

 Over 3 years, 'It averages to $53.2 million-a-year, but that is the starting point,' Pettingill said.

Jones besides withdrew $61.9 cardinal from Free Speech Systems successful 2021 and different $18 cardinal from 2015-2016.

The wealth that flows into Jones' companies yet funnels its mode to him, said Pettingill, who added that helium has testified successful astir 1,500 cases during his career.

'He is simply a precise palmy man,' Pettingill said, calling Jones a 'maverick' and 'revolutionary' for uncovering ways to monetize his online messaging.

Multiple bankruptcy filings, however, revealed that Jones has profited astir $22 cardinal implicit the past 17 months and has received $9 cardinal successful cryptocurrency donations. 

the proceedings begins today. He besides has different defamation lawsuits pending against him. 

During the trial, Jones' main company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy arsenic a tiny concern successful an effort to support Jones and the institution from oversight that would hap if they filed arsenic a bigger corporation.

Jones admitted during the proceedings and to the families of the victims that helium was incorrect to telephone the wide shooting a hoax and admitted it did, successful fact, happen, a sentiment helium reiterated successful the video. 

'I admitted I was wrong, I admitted that I made a mistake,' Jones said arsenic helium pleaded for help. 'What I did to those families was wrong, but I didn't bash it connected purpose.'

The bleak video comes arsenic Jones' ex-wife, Kelly Nichols, said the arguable media fig is 'mentally ill' and needs to beryllium 'protected from himself and others.'  

'He doesn't person immoderate motivation compass. He lives successful his ain universe. He's a precise delusional man,' she added successful an interrogation with Inside Edition. 

Jones was ordered connected Thursday to wage $4.1 cardinal to the parents of Sandy Hook unfortunate Jesse Lewis, aft claiming the massacre was a hoax and that helium couldn't wage thing implicit $2 million.

'At the extremity of the day, I don't person each these millions of dollars they assertion I have, truthful I'm astatine peace,' Jones said successful the video. 

But his ex-wife says otherwise: 'I cognize helium had hidden money. I deliberation he's got a batch of buckets nether a batch of shells.' 

The parents sought astatine slightest $150 cardinal dollars successful compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of affectional distress for each the harm and harm his lies person caused them implicit the span of a decade.

'I'm not attacking, it's conscionable a fact,' Jones (pictured extracurricular tribunal connected Wednesday) argued connected his show. 'It's conscionable truthful incredibly sick that I beryllium determination and springiness the damn lawyers each the substance messages and past they nonstop it implicit to Connecticut'

'Alex is genuinely mentally ill. To me, helium should beryllium protected from himself and others,' Nichols (pictured) said. 'He doesn't person immoderate motivation compass. He lives successful his ain universe. He's a precise delusional man'

Neil Heslin (pictured successful tribunal Tuesday), begetter of Sandy Hook Victim Jesse Lewis, 6, said his family's beingness had been turned to a 'living hell' aft Alex Jones dispersed conspiracy theories astir the massacre

Jones' lawyer asked the assemblage to bounds damages to $8 — 1 dollar for each of the compensation charges they are considering — and Jones himself said during the proceedings that immoderate grant implicit $2 cardinal 'would descend us.'

In a melodramatic courtroom revelation, the plaintiff's attorney, Mark Bankston, told the court on Wednesday that Jones' lawyer sent him the past 2 years' worthy of texts from Jones' compartment phone. 

'Did you cognize 12 days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent maine an full integer transcript of your full compartment telephone with each substance connection you've sent for the past 2 years?' Bankston asked during transverse examination.

Jones had antecedently testified that helium was incapable to find immoderate messages regarding the schoolhouse massacre and was shocked erstwhile 1 was shown connected surface to the court.  

The broadcaster, noticeably horrified and embarrassed by the trove of substance messages presented during court, slammed his pb attorney, Andino Reynal, saying helium 'should person gotten up astatine that point' successful proceedings and demanded to spot circumstantial grounds of the alleged perjury.

'I'm not attacking, it's conscionable a fact,' Jones argued connected his show. 'It's conscionable truthful incredibly sick that I beryllium determination and springiness the damn lawyers each the substance messages and past they nonstop it implicit to Connecticut.

He argued Reynal should've interjected during Bankston's cross-examination and demanded the lawyer 'show america the deposition' wherever Jones allegedly committed perjury.

'Bankston has deposed me, is it 3 oregon is it 4 times?' helium said. 'I've been deposed 4 times by Connecticut, but I ne'er talked to them, truthful I'm defaulted.'

'They've got each this stuff, and I did hunt 1 of my phones, and it didn't person Sandy Hook worldly successful it.'

He recalled his counsel saying the plaintiff's ineligible squad accused him of hiding messages, truthful helium handed implicit each his aged devices to his attorneys and instructed them to 'search it and springiness it to the damn lawyers.'

Jones repeatedly claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which near 20 students and six teachers dead, was a 'hoax' and had been 'staged'

Scarlett Lewis (left) and Neil Heslin (right) emergence erstwhile Judge Maya Guerra Gamble begins the 3rd time of proceedings Thursday, July 28

Jones has claimed the proceedings is simply a mode for others to onslaught his Freedom of Speech. Pictured: Jones arrived successful Texas tribunal for his defamation proceedings connected Tuesday with a portion of portion implicit his rima that said 'Save the 1st' Amendment

Jones said helium gave handed implicit the grounds 'because I wasn't talking astir Sandy Hook, I don't attraction astir Sandy Hook.'

'We don't screen it different than erstwhile they unit america to,' helium explained, adding that the mishap ne'er should person occurred successful the archetypal place.

'I past I'm sitting there, the last witnesser successful a proceedings wherever I americium already recovered blameworthy by the justice for not giving worldly over, and my lawyers springiness them the earthy substance messages of six months from 2019, aboriginal 2020.

'That's the world and past I spot a substance connection from Paul Watson saying 'this communicative sounds similar Sandy Hook bull.' A communicative astir COVID. How is that adjacent pertinent? How is that lying astir something?'

Reynal asked Judge Maya Guerra Gamble to state a mistrial implicit the mistaken transportation of records and said they should person been returned and immoderate copies destroyed. She rejected the request.

Bankston said his squad followed Texas' civilian rules of grounds and that Jones' attorneys missed their accidental to decently petition the instrumentality of the records.

'Mr. Reynal is utilizing a fig leafage (to cover) for his ain malpractice,' Bankston said.

He said the records mistakenly sent to him included immoderate aesculapian records of plaintiffs successful different lawsuits against Jones.

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