Bloomberg Law
Feb. 14, 2023, 10:08 PMUpdated: Feb. 14, 2023, 10:51 PM

Alex Jones Delays New Podcast Amid Sandy Hook Family Objections (1)

James Nani
James Nani
Reporter

Alex Jones will refrain from posting more episodes of his new subscription podcast, addressing Sandy Hook victim families’ concerns that the right-wing conspiracist could transition to the new show and liquidate his bankrupt business that owes them money.

Jones made a “solemn promise” to stop posting on his new Alex Jones Live podcast, Jones’ personal bankruptcy attorney, Vickie L. Driver of Crowe & Dunlevy, said at a hearing Tuesday at the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Sandy Hook victim families, which raised their concerns in a filing Monday, are owed more than $1.4 billion in damages from Jones and Free Speech Systems LLC, the bankrupt parent company of his Infowars website. Jones also has separately filed for bankruptcy protection.

The damages, issued in Texas and Connecticut courts, stem from his lies that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.

A Free Speech Systems attorney said during the hearing Tuesday that the business is preparing a bankruptcy plan that proposes to pay off claims over time with a portion of the business’s net income.

On the Alex Jones Live show earlier this week, Jones said he planned to devote less time to Infowars and concentrate more on the podcast, the Connecticut families said. That raised concerns over the future of Free Speech Systems and whether it could continue as a business without him.

The Connecticut plaintiffs raised their concerns as part of an objection to Free Speech Systems’ motion to continue a commercial real property lease for his Austin studios.

“Jones says that the purpose of his new venture is to provide a ‘bridge’ in case the bankruptcy courts ‘don’t treat us right,’” the Connecticut families said in a filing.

The families noted that Jones has also suggested that he has other job offers that could involve him leaving Free Speech Systems and Infowars.

Jones intends to continue working at Free Speech Systems and toward a resolution in the bankruptcy, his attorney said Tuesday. But his employment is predicated on there being a “good result in this case,” she added, noting that Jones has taken a pay cut and has a pending request to the court to increase his salary.

“Just because someone is making alternative plans to support their family does not necessarily mean that they’re abandoning ship,” Driver said. “It’s just that I think any prudent person would think about how they would take care of their family or make a living if they weren’t going to be able to do so at their current place of work.”

The case is Free Speech Systems LLC, Bankr. S.D. Tex., No. 22-60043, hearing 2/14/23.

(Story updated with additional information)

To contact the reporter on this story: James Nani in New York at jnani@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Maria Chutchian at mchutchian@bloombergindustry.com; Roger Yu at ryu@bloomberglaw.com

Learn more about Bloomberg Law or Log In to keep reading:

Learn About Bloomberg Law

AI-powered legal analytics, workflow tools and premium legal & business news.

Already a subscriber?

Log in to keep reading or access research tools.