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Infowars host Alex Jones’ offer in Sandy Hook case

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Alex Jones "extends his heartfelt apology" for his Sandy Hook claims, new court filings say. Photo: Getty
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Infowars founder Alex Jones has offered to pay $US120,000 ($161,000) per plaintiff to resolve a lawsuit by relatives of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims who said he defamed them by asserting the massacre never happened, according to court filings.

A Connecticut judge found Jones liable for damages in November, and a trial is planned to determine how much he should pay the families.

The plaintiffs say they have been subjected to harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers because of the hoax conspiracy promoted on his US show.

“Mr Jones extends his heartfelt apology for any distress his remarks caused,” new court filings posted online said.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week Jones defied a court order to attend a deposition near his home in Austin, Texas, to provide testimony ahead of the trial. Jones said he was ill.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday (US time) on a request by the plaintiffs to sanction Jones for not co-operating.

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed in the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The families of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school sued Jones, Infowars and others in Connecticut over the hoax conspiracy.

Jones has since said he believes the shooting did occur.

Jones also was found liable for damages in similar lawsuits filed in Texas by relatives of Sandy Hook victims, and also faces trial later this year.