Alex Jones’ ex-wife says he is ‘truly mentally ill’ in interview following $4M defamation case
Alex Jones’ ex-wife claims the conservative conspiracy theorist is ‘mentally ill’ and needs to be ‘protected from himself and others.’
Kelly Nichols, 54, is hopeful the jury returns with a verdict that teaches Jones his ‘delusional’ behaviors are ‘not acceptable.’
Nichols watched Jones apparently perjure himself in Texas court Wednesday when he testified that he never sent messages about the Sandy Hook massacre, despite text records indicating otherwise.
She called the alleged perjury a ‘come to Jesus moment’ that a ‘lot of people are going to be interested in.’
Meantime, Jones, 48, has blasted his ‘incredibly sick’ lawyers for accidentally handing his phone and email records to the opposing counsel during a rant on his Infowars show.
Kelly Nichols (left) says her ex-husband, conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (right) is ‘mentally ill’ and needs to be ‘protected from himself and others’
Plaintiff attorney Mark Bankston told the court where Jones is on trial to determine how much he owes for defaming the parents of Sandy Hook victims on Wednesday that his attorney sent him the last two years’ worth of texts from Jones’ cellphone.
‘Did you know 12 days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years?’ Bankston asked during cross examination.
Jones had previously testified that he was unable to find any messages regarding the school massacre and was shocked when one was shown on screen to the court.
Nichols, who was married to Jones for eight years, said she thinks his alleged moment of perjury may be eye opening to others.
‘I think you saw someone, as we say in Texas, having a “come to Jesus” moment,’ she told Inside Edition on Thursday. ‘The cat is out of the bag and a lot of people are going to be interested in that information.’
‘Alex is truly mentally ill. To me, he should be protected from himself and others.
‘He doesn’t have any moral compass. He lives in his own universe. He’s a very delusional man.’
‘Alex is truly mentally ill. To me, he should be protected from himself and others,’ Nichols (pictured) said. ‘He doesn’t have any moral compass. He lives in his own universe. He’s a very delusional man’
Jones (pictured in court Wednesday) was ordered on Thursday to pay $4.1 million to the parents of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis after claiming the massacre was a hoax and that he could not pay anything over $2 million
Jones was ordered on Thursday to pay $4.1 million to the parents of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis after claiming the massacre was a hoax and that he could not pay anything over $2 million.
The parents had sought at least $150 million dollars in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress for all the damage and harm his lies have caused them over the span of a decade.
Jones’ attorney asked the jury to limit damages to $8 — one dollar for each of the compensation charges they are considering — and Jones himself said any award over $2 million ‘would sink us.’ His company recently filed for bankruptcy.
‘I know he had hidden money,’ Nichols told the TV outlet. ‘I think he’s got a lot of buckets under a lot of shells.’
She added: ‘I hope the jury returns with the verdict that shows him this behavior is not acceptable.’
Jones slammed his lead attorney, Andino Reynal, on his Infowars show Wednesday (pictured) saying Reynal ‘should have gotten up at that point’ in trial and demanded to see specific evidence of the alleged perjury
Nichols’ interview, which airs in full Thursday on Inside Edition, comes just one day after Jones launched a rant against his own ‘damn lawyers’ on his Infowars show Wednesday night.
The broadcaster, noticeably horrified and embarrassed by the trove of text messages presented during court, slammed his lead attorney, Andino Reynal, saying he ‘should have gotten up at that point’ in trial and demanded to see specific evidence of the alleged perjury.
‘I’m not attacking, it’s just a fact,’ Jones argued on his show. ‘It’s just so incredibly sick that I sit there and give the damn lawyers all the text messages and then they send it over to Connecticut.
‘The Texas lawyers, before the new one I have never even gave them the stuff I gave them! Or that’s what they claim.’
He argued Reynal should’ve interjected during Bankston’s cross-examination and demanded the attorney ‘show us the deposition’ where Jones allegedly committed perjury.
‘Bankston has deposed me, is it three or is it four times?’ he said. ‘I’ve been deposed four times by Connecticut, but I never talked to them, so I’m defaulted.’
‘They’ve got all this stuff, and I did search one of my phones, and it didn’t have Sandy Hook stuff in it.’
Jones was shocked to discover that his lawyers had handed over messages by mistake to the attorney for the Sandy Hook parents
‘I’m not attacking, it’s just a fact,’ Jones (pictured outside court on Wednesday) argued on his show. ‘It’s just so incredibly sick that I sit there and give the damn lawyers all the text messages and then they send it over to Connecticut’
He recalled his counsel saying the plaintiff’s legal team accused him of hiding messages, so he handed over all his old devices to his attorneys and instructed them to ‘search it and give it to the damn lawyers.’
Jones said he gave handed over the evidence ‘because I wasn’t talking about Sandy Hook, I don’t care about Sandy Hook.’
‘We don’t cover it other than when they force us to,’ he explained, adding that the mishap never should have occurred in the first place.
‘I then I’m sitting there, the final witness in a trial where I am already found guilty by the judge for not giving stuff over, and my lawyers give them the raw text messages of six months from 2019, early 2020.
‘That’s the reality and then I see a text message from Paul Watson saying “this story sounds like Sandy Hook bull.” A story about COVID. How is that even pertinent? How is that lying about something?’
Reynal asked Judge Maya Guerra Gamble to declare a mistrial over the mistaken transfer of records and said they should have been returned and any copies destroyed. She rejected the request.
Bankston said his team followed Texas’ civil rules of evidence and that Jones’ attorneys missed their chance to properly request the return of the records.
‘Mr. Reynal is using a fig leaf (to cover) for his own malpractice,’ Bankston said.
He said the records mistakenly sent to him included some medical records of plaintiffs in other lawsuits against Jones.
Jones repeatedly claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which left 20 students and six teachers dead, was a ‘hoax’ and had been ‘staged’
Neil Heslin (pictured in court Tuesday), father of Sandy Hook Victim Jesse Lewis, 6, said his family’s life had been turned to a ‘living hell’ after Alex Jones spread conspiracy theories about the massacre
Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis (pictured in court Tuesday) said she feared for her life and confronted Jones on the stand as he said he did not believe she was an actor
Rolling Stone, quoting unnamed sources, reported Wednesday evening that the Jan. 6 committee was preparing to subpoena the data from the Bankston to assist in the investigation of the deadly Capitol riot.
Bankston said outside of court Thursday that the committee had requested the phone records, but hadn’t subpoenaed them.
He also said he wasn’t familiar with everything that was in the records yet, including whether they include any information that the committee is seeking, because there was so much information in them.
‘We don’t know (yet) the full scope and breadth,’ of the material, Bankston said. ‘We certainly saw text messages from as far back as 2019. … In terms of what all is on that phone, it’s going to take a little while to figure that out.’
‘The Jan. 6 committee doesn’t have any more information about what’s on that phone than I do. I don’t know if it even covers the time period they are interested in,’ he said.
Jones didn’t attend Thursday’s court proceedings. But on his Infowars show Thursday, he said the records were from a year before Jan. 6 and had ‘nothing to do with it.’
‘And if anything, I say more radical things on air than I do on text messages. And the idea that there’s some type of criminal activity on there is preposterous,’ he said.
Jones has claimed the trial is a way for others to attack his Freedom of Speech. Pictured: Jones arrived in Texas court for his defamation trial on Tuesday with a piece of tape over his mouth that said ‘Save the 1st’ Amendment
Scarlett Lewis (left) and Neil Heslin (right) rise once Judge Maya Guerra Gamble begins the third day of trial Thursday, July 28, 2022
Last month, the Jan. 6 committee showed graphic and violent text messages and played videos of right-wing figures, including Jones, and others vowing that Jan. 6 would be the day they would fight for Trump.
The committee first subpoenaed Jones in November, demanding a deposition and documents related to his efforts to spread misinformation about the 2020 election and a rally on the day of the attack.
In the subpoena letter, Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman, said Jones helped organize the Jan. 6 rally at the Ellipse that preceded the insurrection.
He wrote that Jones repeatedly promoted Trump’s false claims of election fraud, urged his listeners to go to Washington for the rally, and march from the Ellipse to the Capitol.
Thompson also wrote that Jones ‘made statements implying that you had knowledge about the plans of President Trump with respect to the rally.’
The nine-member panel was especially interested in what Jones said shortly after Trump’s now-infamous Dec. 19, 2020, tweet in which he told his supporters to ‘be there, will be wild!’ on Jan. 6.
‘You went on InfoWars that same day and called the tweet ‘One of the most historic events in American history,”‘ the letter continued.
In January, Jones was deposed by the committee during an hourslong, virtual meeting in which he said he exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination ‘almost 100 times.’