Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ lawyer is trying to force the parents of a Sandy Hook victim to publicly release their addresses, a move that could further endanger the family, which has been living in hiding for six years.
For years, Jones has propagated a conspiracy theory that claims the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead was a hoax, and that interviews with parents like Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa — who lost their son Noah — were faked.
According to HuffPost, Pozner and De La Rosa say they have been harassed by Jones’ followers since the shooting, prompting the two to file a defamation lawsuit against the radio host in April. A judge in Texas is currently reviewing Jones’ motion to dismiss the case based on what the parents’ lawyer says is an outdated law that would force them to release personal information, including their home addresses.
Jones’ lawyer has argued that, without that information, the suit should not go forward.
“Sometimes I lie awake at night worrying that, despite our efforts at security, a determined conspiracy fanatic might gain entry to our home,” De La Rosa said in a court declaration obtained by the Post.
Pozner, who lives separated from De La Rosa, also expressed distress that Jones’ believers may harm him or try to enter his home.
“Due to Mr. Jones’ broadcast, I have also suffered severe emotional distress and trauma which I cannot even begin to adequately describe,” Pozner reportedly said in his declaration. “No human being should ever be asked to suffer through the torment Mr. Jones carried out.”
The parents’ lawyer, Mark Bankston, has argued the law Jones’ legal team cited is outdated. In a court filing, he cited more than a dozen legal cases that contradict the notion that Pozner and De La Rosa must publicly release personal information.
“There are obvious reasons why these Plaintiffs are extraordinarily hesitant about filing public documents containing their personal information, such as their address or date of birth, and they will not publish that information absent a legal obligation to do so,” Bankston said in a response to Jones’ lawyers, according to HuffPost. “Information such as date of birth, addresses, etc., have been used in the past by InfoWars followers to locate and harass the Plaintiffs.”
As HuffPost noted, the Pozner and De La Rosa defamation case is just one of a number of defamation cases Jones is facing due to his comments about Sandy Hook as well as other conspiracies, including a false identification of the Parkland shooter. He also found himself in hot water after calling the man who filmed Heather Heyer’s death at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year a “deep state shill” and “CIA asset.”
News of the court filing comes two days after Jones was banned from Facebook, Spotify, Apple, and YouTube. He has not, however, been banned from Twitter.