Sandy Hook parents file lawsuit against Austin's Alex Jones, InfoWars

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The parents of two kids killed in the Sandy Hook massacre are suing conspiracy monger Alex Jones over his claims that the shooting was a hoax, according to new reports.

Both suits, which were filed in Texas where Jones and Infowars are based, draw on accusations Jones has made in the past 12 months regarding the shooting.

A gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, in an attack that ranks among the five deadliest mass shootings by a single gunman in USA history.

In a 2017 interview with Megyn Kelly, Heslin spoke of holding his dead son "with a bullet hole through his head". The lawsuit claims that the parents received death threats because of the repeated lies that are being spread about the shooting.

One of the lawsuits was filed by Neil Heslin - the father of six-year-old Jesse Heslin who was killed at Sandy Hook. The New York Times reports this is the first civil action against Jones related to the shooting. Jones apologized in 2017 for helping propagate the fictitious "pizzagate" conspiracy theory that Washington, D.C., pizzeria Comet Ping Pong was a front for a child sex trafficking ring led by John Podesta.

In an Infowars show a few days after the Kelly segment aired, Shroyer said Heslin could not have held his son because victims were identified through photographs, not in person. Kelly had asked Heslin what he thought of the conspiracy theorist's previous claims that the shooting was a "giant hoax". That's not something you would just misspeak on, ' Shroyer said. The children's bodies were eventually turned over to their parents for their funerals, the lawsuit said.

Jones claimed De La Rosa was an actor and that the interview took place with a green screen instead of at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Connecticut.

"Even after these folks had to experience this trauma, for the next five years they were tormented by Alex Jones with vicious lies about them", Mark Bankston, the lawyer handling the cases for the parents, told HuffPost.

Bankston is also representing a MA man who is suing Jones for falsely identifying him as the gunman in the Parkland school shooting.

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