Families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims have rejected Alex Jones' $120,000 settlement offer, calling it a 'desperate attempt' to 'escape a public reckoning'

Infowars founder Alex Jones interacts with supporters at the Texas State Capital building on April 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. The protest was organized by Infowars host Owen Shroyer who is joining other protesters across the country in taking to the streets to call for the country to be opened up despite the risk of the COVID-19.
Alex Jones, the founder and host of Infowars, had offered $120,000 to each of the 13 plaintiffs who'd filed a defamation suit against him.Sergio Flores/Getty Images
  • Relatives of Sandy Hook victims rejected Alex Jones' settlement offer of $120,000 per plaintiff.

  • The relatives said the offer was an attempt by Jones to "escape a public reckoning."

  • He had baselessly claimed that the shooting was a hoax and that the families involved were "actors."

The families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting rejected a settlement offer by the Infowars host Alex Jones, whom they accused of defaming them by claiming the killings never actually took place.

Jones had on Tuesday offered each of the 13 plaintiffs a settlement sum of $120,000, court filings said. "Mr. Jones extends his heartfelt apology for any distress his remarks caused," the offers read.

Lawyers for the relatives filed to reject Jones' offers on Wednesday, with the filing calling them "a transparent and desperate attempt by Alex Jones to escape a public reckoning under oath with his deceitful, profit-driven campaign against the plaintiffs and the memory of their loved ones lost at Sandy Hook."

Jones, a far-right conspiracy theorist, had baselessly claimed that the shooting was a "giant hoax" staged with "crisis actors" to support opposition to the Second Amendment. A 20-year-old gunman killed six adults and 20 first-graders in the tragedy at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jones later admitted in a sworn deposition that the shooting did take place and claimed that a "form of psychosis" had led him to believe and tout his bogus theories about it.

In November, a Connecticut judge found Jones liable by default for damages when he refused to turn over evidence. The amount he must pay has not been determined.

Last week, Jones failed to appear for his court-ordered deposition, claiming to be sick. However, Judge Barbara Bellis refused to excuse him, noting complaints from the relatives that Jones was healthy enough to appear on his live show in the days prior.

Jones also faces trial later this year over separate defamation lawsuits in Texas filed by families of the Sandy Hook victims, for which he has also been found liable for damages.

Norm Pattis, a lawyer representing Jones, told Insider in a statement that the show host and his legal team's "desire to settle is genuine and outstanding," and that they had tried to privately settle with the families for over a year.

"Commentary on the shootings at Sandy Hook was a minuscule part of our programming in years past," Pattis said. "To the degree we discuss it now, the discussion is generated by responding to the lawsuits filed against us."

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