Alex Jones accused of destroying evidence in defamation case

Alex Jones accused of destroying evidence in defamation case

Alex Jones accused of destroying evidence in defamation case

Jones is now facing three separate defamation lawsuits from the parents of children who were gunned down in the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

Mr. Jones peddles diet supplements, survivalist gear and gun-related paraphernalia on radio broadcasts and videos that spread outlandish claims like the government is trying to infringe on Americans' rights, destroy their health or control their minds.

"The filings came in Travis County, which includes Austin, near where Jones" media company is based. Lawyers for the Sandy Hook families discovered the intentional destruction of evidence earlier this month, according to the court motion. "As pressure mounted. Mr. Jones chose to destroy the evidence of his actual malice and defamatory conduct".

The court filing on Friday came as part of a suit filed by several families of the Sandy Hook victims.

Infowars did not respond to an email sent by USA TODAY, seeking comment on the allegations.

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Jones apparently gave the directive after being placed in a "timeout" this week by Twitter, which acted to penalized the radio host after a CNN journalist contacted the social media company claiming that Jones had violated its policies.

On Tuesday, Twitter said it was suspending for one week Jones' personal account.

The decision was made after Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready against media and others. The families in the larger case are represented by Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, a Bridgeport, Conn., firm that also represents Sandy Hook families in a lawsuit against Remington, the maker of the AR-15-style weapon used in the shooting.

The videos have been removed and Infowars and Jones' pages "are close to being unpublished given recent community standards violations", Facebook said in a statement. Also on Monday, the entirety of hundreds of episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" had been removed from music streaming service Spotify.

Twitter is the final major online platform that allows Jones, after last week he was banned in short succession from Apple's podcasts, Facebook and YouTube.

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