Alex Jones turns heated CT courtroom moment into cryptocurrency ad

Attorney Chris Mattei, it seems, was absolutely right.

During one of many heated exchanges during Alex Jones’ day in court Thursday, Mattei suggested he caught Jones plugging in a landing page where people can donate cryptocurrency to his Infowars channel.

Jones was called to testify Thursday in his Connecticut libel damages lawsuit. When the query went to crypto, it listed the full URL where the donation page is.

“Was that a little ad right there,” Mattei asked.

“Well, we’re fighting the deep state,” Jones replied. “We need money.”

A few minutes later, Mattei said:

“It will end as a clip on your show tonight. Your advertisement for your cryptocurrency page.

Less than 24 hours after the volley, Jones had done just that. A nearly minute-long ad featuring the swap, with the page address listed at the bottom, was in regular rotation on Jones’ Infowars channel.

Alex Jones holds a press conference outside the courthouse on day six of Sandy Hook’s libel damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Connecticut on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

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The page offers visitors the option to donate using one of eight forms of cryptocurrency.

“Please note that your sponsorship goes directly to support the Infowars team in the fight for truth against tyranny,” the page reads.

It doesn’t say, however, that the donations go directly to Jones’ personal account. Last week, business representative Brittany Paz testified that’s where the donations go. On Thursday, Jones confirmed that with jurors. He said $9 million has been donated so far, all but $60,000 of which has been transferred to Free Speech Systems, the company he owns and operates Inforwars.

Jones is on trial in Connecticut to determine how much money he owes eight families of Sandy Hook shooting victims and a former FBI agent. Jones has previously been convicted of defamation. He was previously ordered to pay $49 million in a defamation lawsuit from Sandy Hook in Texas.

Jones was found guilty of defamation in three separate trials related to the Sandy Hook shootings. Beginning hours after the shooting and continuing for years, Jones spread lies on Infowars that the shooting was a “giant hoax,” that the parents and children killed were actors, and that it was a “false flag” operation designed to give the feds a reason to attack the Second Amendment.

At the heart of the essay is the impact of Sandy Hook’s coverage on Infowars’ revenue and web traffic. Mattei attempted to show jurors that the coverage led to massive growth in profits and popularity for Jones, while causing perpetual heartache to families.

David Wheeler, father of Benjamin Wheeler, pauses to wipe away tears as he testifies in the Alex Jones Sandy Hook libel damages trial in Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Connecticut on Wednesday September 21, 2022.

David Wheeler, father of Benjamin Wheeler, pauses to wipe away tears as he testifies in the Alex Jones Sandy Hook libel damages trial in Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Connecticut on Wednesday September 21, 2022.

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Jones maintained that he was not making any money from the Sandy Hook cover – a statement that Judge Barbara Bellis barred him from making in court. However, he repeated it several times on the steps of the courthouse.

During her testimony last week, Paz – who was chosen to represent the company by Jones – said the entire Infowars operation was designed to attract visitors to the online store. Jones tried to distance himself from Paz’s comments during an impromptu press conference outside Waterbury Courthouse on Wednesday.

“She came to Austin for three weeks. We opened everything up to him,” Jones said. “I don’t hate her. I do not attack it. But she got up there and had no idea what she was talking about.

InfoWars representative Brittany Paz is questioned by plaintiff's attorney Chris Mattei during the Alex Jones Sandy Hook libel damages trial in Waterbury Superior Court Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, Waterbury, Conn.  H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media.
InfoWars representative Brittany Paz is questioned by plaintiff’s attorney Chris Mattei during the Alex Jones Sandy Hook libel damages trial in Waterbury Superior Court Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, Waterbury, Conn. H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media.H John Voorhees III/Hearst Connecticut Media

Paz told jurors that she requested a number of materials from Infowars to prepare for trial, including Jones’ deposition, but did not receive all of the materials.

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