The father of a Sandy Hook victim says Alex Jones has made his life a ‘living hell’

The father of a Sandy Hook victim says Alex Jones has made his life a ‘living hell’

Published August 3, 2022
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Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, becomes emotional while testifying in the trial of Alex Jones on Tuesday in Austin, Texas. Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool hide caption

AUSTIN, Texas — The father of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting testified Tuesday that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones made his life a “living hell” by pushing claims that the murders were a hoax involving actors aimed at increasing gun control.

“What was said about me and Sandy Hook itself resonates around the world,” Heslin said. “As time went on, I truly realized how dangerous it was. … My life has been threatened. I fear for my life, I fear for my safety.”

Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, have sued Jones and his media company Free Speech Systems over the harassment and threats they and other parents say they have endured for years because of Jones and his Infowars website. Jones claimed the 2012 attack that killed 20 first-graders and six staffers at the Connecticut school was a hoax or faked.