Alex Jones appears at a hearing that decides compensation

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones appeared Thursday in a Connecticut court that will decide how much restitution he should pay for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was a hoax.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys began by asking Jones if he thinks Judge Barbara Bellis is a tyrant, and if he tends to call other people tyrants.

“Only when they act like that,” Jones replied.

He was also asked about advertising on the Infowars website calling the process “a phony trial,” content that Jones says his underlings created. He was asked about his earnings reports, but Jones said he couldn’t answer.

Relatives of some of the 20 children and six teachers killed in the massacre turned out to hear his testimony at Waterbury Superior Court, some 20 miles (32 km) from Newtown.

Jones was expected to be the first witness in the hearing, delayed by problems with Wi-Fi in the courtroom.

Jones has spent the week in Connecticut, preparing for his arraignment. On Wednesday, she dedicated a press conference in front of the court to lambasting the legal process—as she has done on her radio show Infowars—which she calls a “parody of justice” and the judge a “tyrant.” She said the same thing as she entered the courtroom Thursday and indicated that she could invoke her right not to answer some questions under the Fifth Amendment.

“This is not a real trial,” he said. “It is a judicial farce, literally an unofficial court.”

During the trial, relatives of the victims have spoken of the damage caused to them by those who call the massacre a fraud, attack them at home and in public, and send them messages with threats of death or rape. The plaintiffs are an FBI agent who went to the site of the massacre and the families of eight of the victims.

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Judge Barbara Bellis ruled last year that Jones must compensate the families. The six-member jury’s sole task is to determine how much Jones and Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Infowars, should pay the families for defaming them and intentionally inflicting emotional harm.

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