Alex Jones was questioned on Wednesday by attorneys for the families of the victims of Sandy Hook in Connecticut, where a judge had ordered the Infowars host to face escalating fines until he appears for a deposition .
Relatives of some of the 20 children and six educators killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut massacre sued Jones for defamation after saying the shooting never happened. A judge found Jones liable for the damages and a trial over how much he should pay the families is scheduled for August.
Jones, who lives in Texas, had defied a judge’s order to appear for a deposition in the case, saying he was too ill.
But Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis said there was not enough evidence Jones was too ill to attend and ordered him to come to Connecticut for questioning and pay increasing daily fines until until he does. Jones paid $25,000 in fines for Friday and $50,000 in fines for Monday, court records show.
A spokesperson for the families and their attorneys at Bridgeport-based Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder declined to comment on Wednesday’s deposition.
Jones said in a video on the Infowars website that the deposition began Tuesday and was scheduled to continue Wednesday.
“These people want to put us in jail for our speech,” Jones said.
Jones missed the originally scheduled deposition in the case on March 23-24 in Austin, Texas. He cited a health issue, including dizziness, which his doctors initially thought was a serious heart problem but turned out to be a sinus infection.
The plaintiffs said they were harassed and threatened with death by Jones’ supporters because of the hoax plot promoted on his online show. Jones has since acknowledged that the shooting took place.