- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The husband of a staffer killed during the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre sued right-wing media personality Alex Jones on Monday for claiming the mass shooting was manufactured.

William Sherlach, the husband of slain Sandy Hook school psychologist Mary Sherlach, filed a civil suit against Mr. Jones in Bridgeport Superior Court near Newtown, Connecticut, citing nearly six years’ worth of articles and videos uploaded to his Infowars website and YouTube channels calling the shooting into question.

“Even though overwhelming — and indisputable — evidence exists showing exactly what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, certain individuals have persistently perpetuated a monstrous, unspeakable lie: that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, and that the families who lost loved ones that day are actors who faked their relatives’ deaths,” attorneys for Mr. Sherlach wrote in the 37-page complaint.

Mr. Jones “is the most prolific among those fabricators,” according to the complaint.

Alex Jones does not in fact believe that the Sandy Hook Shooting was a hoax — and he never has,” Mr. Sherlach’s attorneys wrote. “Nevertheless, time and again, Jones has accused Sandy Hook families, who are readily identifiable, of faking their loved ones’ deaths, and insisted that the children killed that day are actually alive […] as part of a marketing scheme that has brought him and his business entities tens of millions of dollars per year,” according to the complaint.

The suit alleges counts of invasion of privacy, defamation, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress stemming from content created by Mr. Jones including videos and articles with titles such as “Sandy Hook Shooting Exposed As a Fraud” and “Sandy Hook was a Total False Flag!”

“I’ve looked at it and undoubtedly there’s a cover up, there’s actors, they’re manipulating, they’ve been caught lying, and they were pre-planning before it and rolled out with it,” he said in a 2013 broadcast of “The Alex Jones Show” cited in the complaint.

“The whole thing is a giant hoax,” he said in 2014.

Police determined that Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot his mother at her Newtown home prior to killing 20 students, six adults and himself inside Sandy Hook using a semiautomatic rifle.

Mr. Sherlach’s lawsuit will be combined with similar litigation brought against Mr. Jones by the same attorneys in May on behalf of the families of six others killed in the Sandy Hook shooting and an FBI agent who responded to the scene, the Connecticut Law Tribune reported.

Parents of two other slain Sandy Hook students filed separate defamation suits in April, meanwhile, weeks after Mr. Jones was sued for $1 million over remarks he made about another school shooting, the Feb. 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Mr. Jones did not immediately return a message seeking comment. He previously claimed the onslaught of litigation — upwards of a dozen lawsuit in the last year, by his count — was part of a globalist plot to have him killed.

“The Alex Jones Show” is syndicated by over 60 radio stations, and more than 2 million people have subscribed to the main Infowars channel on YouTube, the lawsuit noted. President Trump notably appeared on “The Alex Jones Show” in 2015 and told the host: “Your reputation is amazing.”

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