Alex Jones files for bankruptcy after Sandy Hook verdict

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has filed for personal bankruptcy after he was ordered to pay almost $1.5bn (£1.2bn) for falsely claiming a 2012 school shooting was a hoax.

Jones was ordered to pay the damages to the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting following a series of defamation trials earlier this year.

The most notable came in October when a jury ordered him to pay almost $1bn following a trial in Connecticut.

Jones has not commented on the filing.

The court documents – which were filed in Houston, Texas on Friday – say the Infowars host has between $1m and $10m of assets and between $1bn and $10bn of debt.

They also estimate that the 48-year-old has between 50 and 99 creditors, including the individually named relatives of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the attack.

His show’s parent company – Free Speech Systems – filed for bankruptcy in July.

The latest filing temporarily halts all proceedings in the Connecticut case, including a scheduled…

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