The devastated dad of a 6-year-old kid gunned down in the Sandy Hook massacre testified Tuesday that Alex Jones made his life a “living hell” with claims the 2012 mass shooting was a hoax.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of slain first-grader Jesse Lewis, are suing Jones for defamation over the death threats, harassing phone calls and abuse they say they endured while the conspiracy theorist and his Infowars website claimed the massacre was fake.
“What was said about me and Sandy Hook itself resonates around the world,” said Heslin, whose son was one of 20 students and six staffers killed in the attack on the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.
“As time went on, I truly realized how dangerous it was,” the choked-up dad said in Austin, Texas, court. “My life has been threatened. I fear for my life, I fear for my safety.”
An apology from Jones wouldn’t be good enough now, Heslin said.
“Alex started this fight and I’ll finish this fight,” he said.
Heslin’s car and his home have been shot at, he has said, and an attorney said the family was being protected by security and was in isolation in Austin following an “encounter.”
Heslin also testified to holding his son’s dead body after the shooting, which a 2017 Infowars segment had said never happened.
Jones, 48, wasn’t in court for Heslin’s testimony but had arrived by the time Jesse’s mother gave testimony.
“I am a mother first and foremost, and I know you are a father. My son existed… you know that,” Lewis said, addressing Jones directly.
“Do you think I’m an actor?” she asked him.
“No, I don’t think you’re an actor,” he replied before the judge blasted him for speaking during the testimony.
Helsin and Lewis are suing for $150 million in the case, one of a slew of lawsuits that Jones is contending with as a result of the hoax claims, including that the massacre was staged using actors in a scheme to increase gun control.
Jones and his companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid the barrage of legal cases, and after he was found liable in defamation cases in Texas and Connecticut.
Jones’s legal team had offered a settlement of $12,000 per plaintiff but families rejected the offer.
With Post wires