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Far-right personality and longtime Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson warned Alex Jones to stop pushing the lie that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, he said in recent testimony that will likely cripple his boss’ chances of a lawsuit victory.
Watson was deposed last month as part of a defamation lawsuit that Sandy Hook father Neil Heslin has levied against Jones, the owner of the far-right website. Since the 2012 Connecticut shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, Infowars has repeatedly and falsely called the parents “crisis actors” and said that the shooting was a hoax. Jones is now being sued by nine family members of loved ones who died in the shooting.
The deposition, released Thursday by Houston law firm Farrar & Ball, centers around a 2015 email Watson sent to Infowars staff and Jones himself pleading that the conspiracy outlet stop spreading lies about the Sandy Hook parents. The deposition took place on a video conference between Heslin’s lawyer in Austin, Texas, and Watson in London. Watch the full deposition here.
“This Sandy Hook stuff is killing us,” Watson wrote in the email. “It’s promoted by the most batshit crazy people like Rense and Fetzer who all hate us anyway. Plus it makes us look really bad to align with people who harass the parents of dead kids. It’s gonna hurt us with Drudge and bringing bigger names into the show. Plus the event happened 3 years ago, why even risk our reputation for it?”
Jeff Rense and James Fetzer both pushed the false narrative that the shooting was faked, and Fetzer recently lost a $450,000 defamation lawsuit against parent Leonard Pozner after publishing a book titled “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook.” Attorney Mark Bankston, who is representing Heslin and multiple other families suing Jones, asked Watson in the deposition how he came to the conclusion that those two individuals were “batshit crazy.”
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