© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Infowars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media after appearing at his Sandy Hook defamation trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S., October 4 year 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
(Reuters) -Alex Jones filed for bankruptcy on Friday, less than two months after a jury ordered him and the parent company of his Infowars website to pay nearly $1 billion in damages. damage to relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook mass shooting in 2012.
Jones filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the US bankruptcy court in Houston, a court filing shows.
Records show Jones has $1 million to $10 million in assets and $1 billion to $10 billion in liabilities. It also mentions Free Speech Systems, a subsidiary of Jones and parent company of Infowars, which filed for bankruptcy in July.
In October, a Connecticut jury in a case brought by relatives of more than a dozen Sandy Hook victims ordered Jones and Free Speech Systems to pay nearly $1 billion in damages.
In another Texas case, a jury in August decided Jones must pay the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook massacre $45.2 million in punitive damages, in addition to $4.1 million in damages.
Jones has claimed for years that the 2012 murder of 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was staged with actors as part of an American conspiracy to confiscate guns. He has since admitted the shooting occurred.