Sandy Hook victim’s mother leads a powerful condemnation of Alex Jones: full text

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Scarlett Lewis, mother of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, testifies against Alex Jones Tuesday Aug. 2, 2022, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin. (AP)
Scarlett Lewis, mother of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, testifies against Alex Jones Tuesday Aug. 2, 2022, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin. (AP)

The mother of a six-year-old boy murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has testified in the Alex Jones defamation case, and spoke directly to the right-wing Infowars host about the devastating impact of his conspiratorial claims.

Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the parents of Jesse Lewis, are suing Jones and his company Free Speech Media for $150m over the harassment they say they suffered after the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Jesse was real,” Ms Lewis told Jones as he sat in the courtroom in Travis County, Texas, as she testified on Tuesday. “I am a real mom.”

She added: “I am a mother first and foremost and I know you are a father. My son existed.”

She went on to tell Jones that even he did not believe his own outrageous statements about the shooting.

“I am not deep state...I know you know that...I know you believe me, yet you’re going to leave this courtroom and say it again on your show,” she said. “Do you have the capacity to put yourself in my shoes? Do you have empathy?”

Jones has claimed on his show that the shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were massacred, was a “false flag” operation involving paid actors.

“I think you know that Sandy Hook is real and that it happened... But I don’t think you understand, at all, the repercussions of going on air with a huge audience and lying and calling this a hoax... You don’t understand that.”

At one point, Ms Lewis asked Jones if he really thought she was an actress.

“Having a six-year-old son shot in his forehead in his classroom is unbearable. ... And then to have someone on top of that perpetuate a lie that it was a hoax, that it didn’t happen, that it was a false flag, that I was an actress — You think I’m an actress?”

“No, I don’t think you’re an actor,” he replied before the judge admonished him and told him to remain quiet.