The parents of a six-year-old boy shot dead in the 2012 Sandy Hook School massacre have spoken out about the pain inflicted on them by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Those who lost children in the killing spree have taken the stand in an ongoing defamation trial actioned against Jones and his controversial far-right conspiracy website, InfoWars.
According to Reuters, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, parents of victim Jesse Lewis, said: “I can’t even describe the last nine-and-a-half years of living hell that I and others have had to endure because of the negligence and the recklessness of Alex Jones.”
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Jones had questioned Heslin’s credibility on a broadcast and has previously labelled the Sandy Hook shooting a ‘hoax’.
Directly speaking to Jones, Lewis said: “I know you believe me, yet you’re going to leave this courtroom and say it again on your show.
“Do you have the capacity to put yourself in my shoes? Do you have empathy?”
“I never intentionally tried to hurt you,” Jones replied. “I never even said your name until this case came to court. I didn’t know who you were until this came up.”
According to Metro, Heslin told the courtroom about how Jones’ coverage of the massacre encouraged his fans to ‘harass’ the victims’ parents.
In featured segments, Jones called Heslin and his son ‘crisis actors,’ prompting the father to go through years of abuse at the hands of InfoWars fans.
Heslin claimed that he faced harassment in the street, trolling and ‘anonymous phone calls’ from InfoWars fans.
Things got so bad that it is alleged that one fan found where Heslin and Lewis lived, before shooting at their home.
He recalled: “Two years back, my home was shot up, and my vehicle was shot up in my yard. That’s disturbing.
“He drove by my home shouting out the window “Alex Jones!” and what sounded like gunfire came from the vehicle.”
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