US court liquidates assets of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

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Published: 2024-06-14 22:05

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 05:42


Alex Jones. (File photo: AP)
Alex Jones. (File photo: AP)

A United States judge approved Friday the liquidation of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' personal assets to help repay the nearly USD 1.5 billion in damages he owes the families of a mass shooting at a Connecticut school – according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Jones had been ordered to pay nearly USD 1.5 billion in damages for calling a 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in the state of Connecticut (which left 20 first graders and six adults dead) a "hoax."

Jones declared personal bankruptcy in Texas, his home state, saying his liabilities far exceeded his assets that were worth between USD 1 million and USD 10 million.

The judge allowed Jones to convert his personal bankruptcy case into a straightforward liquidation, but was yet to rule on whether his company should also be liquidated, US media reported.

The site hawked male vitality supplements and testosterone boosters, while claiming the government was feminizing men or turning them gay by using chemical pollutants.

Jones accused the government of deliberately putting fluoride in drinking water, while his store peddled fluoride-free toothpaste.

His audience, he claimed, can survive various doomsday scenarios with other products that his store can supply -- storable food, body armor and even components for homemade guns.