InfoWars' Alex Jones says he had a "form of psychosis" when spreading Sandy Hook conspiracies (CBS News link): InfoWars host Alex Jones, who is being sued by several parents of Sandy Hook victims, said in a deposition released Friday that he now believes the massacre was not a hoax. In the deposition posted on YouTube, Jones said he believes 26 people were killed in the 2012 shooting, but that "a form of psychosis" made him believe it was staged.
Jones is facing several lawsuits following he repeatedly claimed massacre in Newtown, Connecticut — which left 20 children and six adults dead — was a hoax and the victims involved were lying. For years, he has suggested the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was staged with paid "actors." He has also claimed the children who died never actually existed.
Mark Bankston represents Sandy Hook parent Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis died at Sandy Hook and is seeking damages for false accusations and targeted harassment. According to his law firm's website, "The complaint charges that the defendants took part in an ongoing campaign to mock Ms. Lewis and other parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, claiming the shooting was a 'false flag' conspiracy hoax and accusing them of a sinister conspiracy to lie about the circumstances of the tragedy."
"And I, myself, have almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I'm now learning a lot of times things aren't staged," Jones said. "So I think as a pundit, someone giving an opinion, that, you know, my opinions have been wrong, but they were never wrong consciously to hurt people."
However, during an InfoWars broadcast Monday, Jones argued that Jeremy Richman, a Sandy Hook father who died by apparent suicide and had been a plaintiff in a defamation suit against Jones, had potentially been murdered to further build a case against Jones.