Alex Jones has filed for personal bankruptcy


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Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones filed for personal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Texas court on Friday, according to court documents.

In the documents, Jones estimates his assets to be worth between $1 and $10 million and his liabilities to be between $1 and $10 billion. The Infowars host’s primary company, Free Speech Systems, also filed for bankruptcy in July.

Jones’ personal filing comes after he lost a bid in Texas to reduce the nearly $50 million in damages awarded by a jury earlier this year over his false claims about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

After the 2012 mass shooting in which 26 people were killed, Jones baselessly repeated that the incident was staged and that the families and first responders were “crisis actors.”

While Jones initially lied repeatedly about the 2012 shooting, he later admitted the massacre had taken place as his lies spawned multiple lawsuits. But he failed to comply with court orders during the discovery process of lawsuits in Connecticut and Texas, leading the families in each state to win default judgments against him.

The latest Texas ruling adds to a growing list of rulings and lawsuits that add to costs for Jones, who also owes $1.4 billion in a separate Connecticut lawsuit filed by eight families of Sandy Hook victims and a first responder.

A trial was held in September and October in Connecticut, and the plaintiffs in that trial described in poignant terms throughout the trial how the lies had prompted relentless harassment against them and exacerbated the emotional pain of losing loved ones.

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