US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been fined an additional $45.2 million for his false claims about a Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.

He is now said to have paid a total of more than $49 million in compensation to a victim’s parents. This was reported by several US media on Friday from the courtroom in Texas. Already on Thursday he had been sentenced to more than 4 million US dollars in damages.

The verdict on Friday is the so-called punitive damages, which is also intended to act as a deterrent and is often significantly higher than the actual damages. Jones has previously claimed that the December 2012 shooting was staged by actors. A 20-year-old gunman shot dead 20 schoolchildren and six teachers in Newtown, Connecticut.

The parents of a then six-year-old boy who was killed had sued the right-wing radio presenter because of his allegations. You had previously described the emotional suffering caused by the lies of the 48-year-old. They demanded $150 million in compensation. The conspiracy theorist’s attorney argued that the plaintiffs could not prove that his client’s words actually caused harm. Jones has repeatedly spread various conspiracy theories in the past and claimed, for example, that the US government was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.