The Connecticut defamation trial of Alex Jones quickly spiraled out of control Thursday in the final minutes of the first day of conspiracy theory testimony.
On the stand, Jones caused so much dissent and applause that the presiding judge at one point turned to the jury and told them, “You’re going to get your exercise today, those of you wearing Fitbits.”
But his feelings worsened after videos were shown in court of Jones mocking the parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as “trouble actors.”
A heated argument ensued as Chris Mattei, the plaintiffs’ attorney, played the part of a distraught parent, prompting an angry Jones to shout that he “made an apology” and repeatedly claim that the shooting was staged.
Mattei told Jones that his actions painted a “target on the back” of one parent, Robbie Parker, after the tragedy, adding, “These are real people.”
“Like all the Iraqis you killed and loved,” Jones replied. “You’re unbelievable. You turn emotions on and off at will. It’s just an ambulance chase.”
“Why don’t you show respect?” Mattei responded, pointing out that grieving families were in court watching Jones speak.
“Is this a wrestling match, are we in China? I’ve said I’m sorry a hundred times before, and I’m done saying I’m sorry,” Jones spat. “I didn’t score this. I wasn’t the first person to say it… I honestly thought it might have been introduced and I stand by that. I’m not apologizing.”
Judge Barbara Bellis, who Jones admitted to calling him a “tyrant” on his show, appeared visibly angry with the 48-year-old InfoWars founder at various points throughout the day, at least once calling out his legal team to He discusses how they might curb conspiracy theories.
“Do you want me to interrupt your client?” She asked his lawyer again. “Physically, do you want me to stop him from talking?”
The Connecticut trial will determine exactly how much Jones owes the families of eight victims and one federal agent who responded to the shooting. It comes a month after a jury in Texas decided that Jones will pay nearly $50 million in damages to the parents of one of the Sandy Hook victims.
Bellis closed court for the day by asking Jones and his attorney, “How can we avoid this problem tomorrow?” When his lawyer left the courtroom, a New York Times The reporter heard him mutter, “I’m not my client’s keeper.”
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