Alex Jones accused of destroying evidence in defamation case

Alex Jones accused of destroying evidence in Sandy Hook defamation case

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones intentionally destroyed evidence as pressure steadily mounted from pending defamation lawsuits and "growing public indignation", according to a court motion filed Friday by families of Sandy Hook murder victims.

The motion filed Friday in Texas by attorney Mark Bankston accuses Jones of having "intentionally deleted a variety of social media pages and video content relating to the Sandy Hook shooting" earlier this month.

That came after Twitter said it was temporarily suspending Jones for violating company rules about inciting violence.

In this Monday, April 17, 2017 photo, "Infowars" host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas.

The InfoWars owner is now being sued by the families of nine victims who were killed in the 2012 shooting in CT for spreading lies about the shooting.

Relatives of the Sandy Hook victims have been threatened and subjected to online stalking since Jones first started pushing his false theories.

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Jones originally suggested that the killings were staged, and those suing him said they've since been tormented by his followers and forced to move seven times.

Friday's motion is the latest legal salvo in three separate defamation lawsuits filed by Sandy Hook families, which seek tens of millions of dollars in damages and pose an existential threat to Mr. Jones's business.

The Facebook suspension means Jones can not post on his personal profile or his pages and can not message, comment or post anywhere else on Facebook. They argue that Jones "admitted that he instructed his staff to delete the materials'". It argues that mounting pressure from the lawsuits drove Jones to "destroy evidence of his actual malice and defamatory conduct".

The families suing Jones claim that at least some of the deleted content was deemed relevant evidence in their defamation suit.

"The loss of this evidence prejudices plaintiffs' case because InfoWars deleted social media and video evidence related to the Sandy Hook shooting", the filing argued.

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