Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ companies filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, which could pause the Sandy Hook lawsuits against him, CNN reports.
InfoWars and two of Jones’ other companies filed for bankruptcy protection which could halt progress in the civil lawsuits against the companies.
Jones was earlier found liable for damages in three defamation lawsuits brought by the families of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, which he claimed was a false flag.
Jones in 2019 acknowledged that the shooting occurred and blamed his claim that the shooting was faked on a “form of psychosis.”
Along with InfoWars, Jones is seeking bankruptcy protections for Prison Planet, another conspiracy outlet, and InfoWars Health, which sells nutritional supplements.
Companies can keep operating:
The companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which could allow them to stay in business.
Numerous companies have used this type of procedure to continue to operate while avoiding debt or liabilities they cannot afford.
Christopher Mattei, a lawyer representing Sandy Hook parents, said that Jones will ultimately be held accountable.
"Alex Jones is just delaying the inevitable: a public trial in which he will be held accountable for his profit-driven campaign of lies against the Sandy Hook families who have brought this lawsuit," Mattei said in a statement.
Jones faces trial:
The filings come as Jones faces trials this month in Texas.
Juries will determine how much Jones owes the families.
He also faces a Connecticut trial later this year.
Last month, a Connecticut judge found Jones in contempt for refusing to sit for a deposition.
The judge imposed a $25,000 per day fine.