Roger Stone Calls for Contributions to Help Alex Jones After $45.2M Verdict

Conservative political consultant Roger Stone recently called for contributions to support Infowars founder and host Alex Jones after he was hit with a $45.2 million verdict in a defamation lawsuit for touting conspiracy theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

"Alex Jones is a good and decent man," Stone said during an appearance on Infowars in a video that was shared by commentator Ron Filipkowski on Twitter on Friday. "He is a God-fearing Christian...and right now he needs our support." Stone added that contributions could be made through the Infowars store.

Stone, a Donald Trump ally, has been a guest on Infowars many times and allegedly arranged an interview between Jones and Trump together in December 2015, according to The New York Times. Additionally, Sandy Hook family lawyer Mark Bankston alleged that Jones' phone record leak revealed "intimate messages" with Stone, according to Insider, however no further details about the texts were revealed.

Stone's remarks came after a Texas jury decided on Friday during a defamation trial that Jones must pay $45.2 million in punitive damages, in addition to $4.1 million in compensatory damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, for falsely claiming that the incident was staged by "crisis actors." He is also expected to pay an additional $1.5 million in fines.

"Neil and Scarlett are thrilled with the result and look forward to putting Mr. Jones' money to good use," Bankston said in a statement obtained by Newsweek. "Mr. Jones on the other hand will not sleep easy tonight. With punitive damages still to be decided and multiple additional defamation lawsuits pending, it is clear that Mr. Jones' time on the American stage is finally coming to an end."

Twenty children and six school staff members were killed in the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

"We ask that you send a very, very simple message, and that is: stop Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies," Wesley Todd Ball, the parents' lawyer, told jurors on Friday, according to Reuters.

Conservative political consultant Roger Stone recently called for contributions to support Infowars founder and host Alex Jones after he was hit with a $45.2 million verdict in a defamation lawsuit for touting conspiracy theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Above to the left, Stone is seen addressing reporters on December 17, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Above to the right, Jones speaks to Trump supporters on December 12, 2020. Photos by Anna Moneymaker and OLIVIER DOULIERY via GETTY Images

Meanwhile, Jones decided to back away from his conspiracy theories during his testimony in his trial by apologizing to the parents and admitting that the Sandy Hook shooting was "100 percent real."

He also said that any monetary damages that is worth over $2 million "would sink" Infowars, despite family lawyers presenting evidence in court that suggested that Jones makes up to $800,000 per day.

Jones' lawyer Federico Andino Reynal asked the jury on Friday to award the family less than $300,000 in punitive damages, saying that the parents "already sent a message" to Jones and "all talk show hosts."

Newsweek reached out to Infowars media office for comment.