A Connecticut judge on Friday rejected Infowars host Alex Jones’ bid to avoid raising daily fines for missing a statement in a lawsuit by relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, who The conspiracy theorist was sued for calling the massacre a hoax.
Judge Barbara Bellis in Waterbury upheld her ruling that Jones is fined $25,000 per week beginning Friday, and increases by $25,000 each week until she appears in a statement. .
Jones asked Bayliss to stay his decision, appealing the fine to the state’s Supreme Court. His lawyers said he plans to attend a statement in Connecticut on April 11. If he does not appear by then, his fine will total $525,000.
Jones said he did not attend a statement scheduled last week in Austin, Texas, where he lives, because he was too ill to attend. Bayliss said there was not enough evidence that Jones was too ill to appear in the statement.
Twenty-one graders and six teachers were killed in a 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.