Three parents whose young children were killed in a school shooting in 2012 have sued right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation.
Mr Jones has long claimed on his radio show and InfoWars website that the Sandy Hook Elementary school attack was “completely fake” and a “giant hoax”.
Twenty children – all under the age of seven – and six adults were killed.
Mr Jones has implied that the parents are actors seeking to undermine laws allowing private gun ownership.
Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son Noah Pozner was one of those killed by a gunman, filed their lawsuit in Travis County, Texas, where Mr Jones lives and works.
“This conspiracy theory, which has been pushed by InfoWars and Mr Jones since the day of the shooting, alleges that the Sandy Hook massacre did not happen, or that it was staged by the government and concealed using actors, and that the parents of the victims are participants in a horrifying cover-up,” the lawsuit says.
Mr Jones, in an April 2017 video titled “Sandy Hook Vampires Exposed”, insinuated that Ms De La Rosa was an actor.