The parents of one of the first-graders who were killed nearly 10 years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School have gone into isolation while their attorney testified Monday in a defamation case against “InfoWars” fraud peddler Alex Jones in Texas Was.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who lost their 6-year-old son Jesse in the December 2012 massacre, have had to rent security since their arrival in Austin, where the trial is underway as it is where Jones and his Businesses are headquartered.
“Unfortunately, due to some encounters outside the courthouse this week, Neil and Scarlett have gone into isolation under the protection of security professionals,” the family’s attorney, Mark Bankston, said in a statement. Danbury News Times,
On December 14, 2012, six adults and 20 children were killed in a shooting in Newtown, Conn. It is the deadliest school shooting in American history.
“They’re isolated and they’re supposed to be that way, and all I can tell you is they’re scared right now,” Bankston said in court.
For years, Jones said the shooting didn’t happen. His outspoken appeal appealed to followers and fellow conspirators. Some of them threatened the parents, even shooting Heslin at home and thrashing her in the street, testimony from Roy Lubitt, a forensic psychiatrist hired by plaintiffs to review parental trauma. Gave.
He said Lewis had told him that she would set up sophisticated surveillance equipment at his home and sleep with a gun, a knife and pepper spray. Both suffer from a complex form of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by both the loss of their son and the ensuing trauma, which fills them with a relentless fear that followers of Jones’ lies will kill them.
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Their PTSD goes beyond the grief of losing a child and is similar to the constant barrage of soldiers in war zones, or the experiences of children who suffer ongoing abuse, Lubitt said. And it’s a form of erasure, said a Connecticut psychologist who has treated both parents.
“If Alex Jones, if he was spreading the belief, the lie, that Neil is an actor, that means Jesse doesn’t exist. Which is crazy,” said physician Michael Crouch. know about what they want to capture.”
Although Heslin and Lewis have been in court daily since the trial began last month, they stayed away on Monday morning, when Lubitt gave his testimony on the advice of his doctor. They both plan to testify, Bankston said.
“Neil and Scarlett are committed to ending this trial because this moment is bigger than them,” Bankston wrote in his statement.
Jones has already been found liable for defamation in Connecticut and Texas for spreading lies about dead children and teachers, bereaved parents and shootings. The trial will determine what he owes the families of two of the victims. Several families of the victims have filed suit with similar allegations, saying they have been harassed and received death threats over Jones’ claim that the mass shooting was a hoax.
Lewis and Heslin are seeking $150 million in damages from Jones. His media company, Free Speech Systems, announced Friday that it has filed for bankruptcy. His other businesses had filed in April, delaying the trial, but Jones’ attorney Andino Renal told Judge Maya Guerra Gamble that it would have no effect.
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