Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones accused of perjury after texts accidentally revealed

The conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been accused of perjury during a court case brought by Sandy Hook parents after his lawyer accidentally handed over the entire contents of his phone, including emails about the school massacre he claimed he had not written.

Mr Jones, who founded the popular far-Right Infowars radio show, is on trial in Texas to determine how much he must pay for spreading falsehoods about the killing of 20 children and six staff at the primary school in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

For years, Mr Jones, 48, has used his media platforms to push claims that it was all a hoax, causing parents of the victims “great distress”.

Attorney Mark Bankston – who is representing Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of a boy killed in Sandy Hook – announced in a Texas courtroom that Mr Jones’s lawyer forwarded him an “entire digital copy” of his mobile phone “with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years”.

“That is how I know you lied to me when you said you didn’t have text messages about Sandy Hook,” Mr Bankston told Mr Jones as he was on the witness stand testifying in his own defence during his defamation damages trial.

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