Alex Jones pauses his testimony to calm down after a disastrous day in court
After a disastrous first day on the podium, Alex Jones missed his testimony Friday at his Connecticut defamation trial and returned to Texas — but not before launching into a frenzied rhetoric outside the courtroom about the “fraudulent” proceedings.
On Thursday, things derailed almost immediately after the right-wing conspiracy theorist began testifying, with Jones’ antics at one point prompting Judge Barbara Bellis to ask his attorney if he needed to physically restrict him from speaking. During his testimony, Jones called opposing lawyers “ambulance stalkers,” and suggested that one of them was part of the “mafia” family that controlled Connecticut.
“Is this a struggle session, are we in China?” Jones revolted at some point. “I’ve already said sorry hundreds of times, and I’m done saying I’m sorry.”
A six-person jury will determine how much Jones owes the eight families and the retired FBI agent who sued him after they said they were bombarded with death threats and relentless abuse from conspiracy theorists, who refused to shoot the Sandy Hook school year 2012 as a hoax. Jones insisted at the time that the twenty children and six teachers who died at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school were nothing more than “crisis actors” whom the government used to get support for stricter gun laws.
Last month, in a related trial, Jones ordered nearly $50 million to be paid to the parents of Jesse Lewis, the 6-year-old boy who died in the Sandy Hook massacre.
“I can’t even describe the past nine and a half years, the living hell that I and the others have had to endure because of the recklessness and negligence of Alex Jones,” Neil Heslin, Lewis’ father, said on the podium.
In court Friday morning, Jones’ attorney Norm Bates Bellis told he would not bring his client back to the podium today in an effort to “turn the temperature down.” Instead, Bates said Jones will return next week.
Abroad, where Jones was—obviously—not under oath, he set up a different kind of court before a group of reporters.
“Everything I say here, forbidden to say there,” Jones said, describing the proceedings as a “show trial” that would not be out of place in North Korea. (Indeed, Bellis banned Jones from saying certain things about the financial health of his hugely popular Infowars webcast, because he refused to participate in the discovery process.)
“Basically it would be like a boxing match where his arms are tied behind one man’s back and clamped in his mouth,” Jones falsely claimed. “So this is completely fraudulent. It is an absolute and total fraud.”
Continuing his open-air discussion, Jones accused Chris Mattie, a lawyer representing the eight Sandy Hook families and retired FBI agent William Aldenburg, of being “completely out of control.” [on Thursday]trying to piss me off, trying to get me out of control.” He claimed that Matty was hoping for a “big crying celebration there, because they want to suck money out of people.”
Jones, who has an estimated net worth of $270 million, then cried out about poverty, insisting that the millions his company generates don’t belong to him.
“The good news is I don’t have any money, despite what they lie about the press, okay?” gnawing jones. “You know, we might make $6 million in gross sales a year. But then I have all this crew and all these ads, all the legal fees, and I get a few million dollars a year after I pay taxes. After I pay for everything else, I’m completely out of money Roughly. So, it’s a joke. I’m in bankruptcy.”
He claimed that people are “thirsty for real independent analysis, comment and opinion”, comparing himself to mainstream radio talk-show hosts like Don Imus and Howard Stern.
“But instead, I’m a Christian populist, conservative, patriotic,” Jones said.
Before hurriedly exiting, Jones exclaimed, “They want freedom of speech. They want your guns. They want your whole world. They want your whole life. But at the end of the day, America is waking up to them and the Deep State… Well, you guys — Infowars.com.”
Back inside, Matty told Belles that Jones was giving an impromptu press conference during which he urged the jurors to look independently at the facts of the case before them. This, of course, goes against the rules of the court. The court clerk told Bliss that four of the six jurors had left the building during the recess. Baileys was worried that they might hear Jones’ disjointed soliloquy, but the employee thought they weren’t out of the front, where Jones was.
In Jones’ defense, Bates told Bellis that Jones was not subject to a gag order, and that he was gone because the press had never shaken him.
When Bellis returned the jury to the courtroom, she asked them to ignore Jones’ request to conduct their own research.
“You need to follow my instructions, and I’m very confident you will,” she said before refusing to spend the weekend.
After Thursday’s courtroom outbursts, Bellis said of the court that she will begin enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy for contempt charges of offenders.
“He’s unable to control himself in any way,” Jones’ ex-wife Kelly told The Daily Beast earlier this month. “He’s not someone with any consciousness, like you and I…a jury trial that Alex is facing while engaging in behaviors to deceive his audience into sending him more money will have his day in reckoning.”
Proceedings will resume on Tuesday.