A Connecticut judge on Wednesday ruled Infowars host Alex Jones must go through a sworn deposition as part of a defamation lawsuit brought by families of victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
In her order, Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis said “the court finds good cause” for the depositions of Jones and other defendants named in the case, including those essential to Infowars’ business operations. Jones’ deposition could last up to five hours.
Jones and his co-defendents have already been ordered to turn over financial and marketing documents related to Infowars, according to a press release. Last month, the Connecticut Supreme Court denied Jones’ appeal of the decision.
The defendants in the case, the family members of eight of the shooting victims and one of the first responders to the scene, allege Jones spent years making false claims about what took place at the shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, claiming it was a “giant hoax” and “completely fake.”
Jones, a conspiracy theorist, has suggested some of the parents of those killed in the Sandy Hook shooting are actors who were part of a scheme to pass stricter gun laws. He has also called into question the “official story” of the 2012 massacre.
Jones and his co-defendants have sought to dismiss the case, arguing the their comments were protected by the First Amendment.
Jones has also been sued by the parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims in his home state of Texas.