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Mother of Sandy Hook shooting victim in Alex Jones defamation case

Sandy Hook Mama on Alex Jones' Defamation Case

Scarlett Lewis, his 6-year-old son Jesse, was one of the people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012Shootingwas killed by online conspiracy theorist Alex Jones He said he allowed him to repeatedly claim to be the target. The mass shooting was "gradual", but he still wanted to hold him accountable.

"I could only feel sympathy for him," Lewis said in a court hearing last week in person with Jonesher first speech{ Talked about 89}. "I saw just a man, a painful man, a lonely man with no one to testify to him. He wasn't there."

{91 For years, Jones has claimed that one of the deadliest shootings in US history is a "fake flag" created to tighten US gun regulations. Jones has publicly accused the families of genocide shooting victims like Lewis as "crisis actors." 

However, in testimony earlier this month, Jones admitted that it was his irresponsibility to declare the slaughter a hoax,He thinks it was "100% real" now.

Lewis said he believes he feels regret for Jones' repeated dissemination of his false claims. 

"He knew that Sandy Hook had happened and believes he made a bad choice. He believes he can make another choice in the future." She told "CBS Mornings" on Tuesday. "He wants to do it. I think greed can get in the way."

In 2018, Lewis and Jesse's father, Neil Hesslin, announced Jones and his media company, Freedom of Speech.Hesslin "living hell."Last week's Texas jurypunished Jones for punishment. Ordered to pay $ 45.2 million as a compensation and $ 4.1 million as compensation for compensation. 

"My lawyer literally asked the jury to choose love over fear and hatred, and they did," Lewis said, believing the verdict was "fair." He added that. 

Currently, Lewis, the founder of the Jesse Choice Love Movement nonprofit, her goal is to "send a message about the importance of truth" and is kindness. Said.

"Our personal power as human beings lies in our ability to always choose the way we respond thoughtfully," Lewis said. "Responding with love is a powerful choice. It will lead to a pleasant, safer, more peaceful and loving world, and it is all our choices every day from the moment we wake up."

Tori B. Powell
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Tori B. Powell is the latest news reporter on CBS News. tori.powell@viacomcbs.com

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