Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Noah Pozner's Parents Sue Alex Jones Over Sandy Hook 'Hoax' Claim

Noah Pozner's Parents Sue Alex Jones Over Sandy Hook 'Hoax' Claim

Almost six years after gunman Adam Lanza killed dozens of children and faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a major conspiracy theorist has been sued for his incendiary comments.

Three parents whose children were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting have filed defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones, the controversial conspiracy theorist and Infowars host who has falsely claimed the 2012 massacre was faked.

The lawsuits were filed in Travis County District Court in Texas, where Jones lives and operates Infowars. Their sons, Noah Pozner, 6, and Jesse Heslin, 6, were both killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. The parents are seeking at least $1 million in damages.

In a broadcast a year ago called "Sandy Hook Vampires Exposed", Jones suggested a CNN interview with De La Rosa was faked - a claim that her lawsuit blasts as a "sick lie". In 2016, a Florida woman was arrested for threatening to kill one Sandy Hook parent. The other points to a segment on InfoWars in which Heslin was accused of lying about whether he actually held his son's body and saw a bullet hole in his head. InfoWars reporter Owen Shroyer, also named in the lawsuit, claimed that could not be true because the bodies were identified by the parents through photographs.

During another show in 2014, Jones said he had done his own research and concluded the shooting never happened.

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The second lawsuit by, Pozner and De La Rosa, who were married at the time of the shooting, focuses on an April 2017 broadcast on Infowars where Jones discussed an interview De La Rosa gave to CNN's Anderson Cooper shortly after the tragedy near Edmunds Town Hall in Newtown.

"It took me about a year, with Sandy Hook to come to grips that the whole thing was fake".

The parents made a decision to sue more than five years after the attacks because they had concluded Jones has no intention of leaving them alone, Bankston said.

The parents allege Jones' conspiracy theories and false claims have led to death threats.

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