Alex Jones’ lawyer says he is ‘a per­for­mance artist’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

In­foWars founder and con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alex Jones is a “per­for­mance artist” who is sim­ply play­ing a role, his at­tor­ney re­port­edly said dur­ing a re­cent cus­tody hear­ing.

At­tor­ney Ran­dall Wil­hite told a Texas judge dur­ing a pre­trial hear­ing last week that Mr. Jones’ pub­lic per­sona shouldn’t be used to eval­u­ate his abil­ity to fa­ther his three chil­dren, who have lived with him since his di­vorce in 2015, the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man re­ported.

“He’s play­ing a char­ac­ter,” Mr. Wil­hite said. “He is a per­for­mance artist.”

Mr. Jones has been known for ped­dling con­spir­a­cies the­o­ries, like ac­cus­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment of be­ing in­volved in or­ches­trat­ing the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

He most re­cently apol­o­gized for pro­mot­ing a con­spir­acy the­ory dubbed “Piz­za­gate” about a Wash­ing­ton, D.C., pizze­ria be­ing used as a front for a child sex-traf­fick­ing ring.

Kelly Jones, who is seek­ing sole or joint cus­tody of their three chil­dren, said dur­ing the pre­trial hear­ing that the on-air per­son­al­ity is the real Alex Jones, the Amer­i­can-States­man re­ported.

“He’s not a sta­ble per­son,” she said.

“I’m con­cerned that he is en­gaged in felo­nious be­hav­ior, threat­en­ing a mem­ber of Congress,” she said, re­fer­ring to his re­cent ex­ple­tive-filled rant against Demo­cratic Rep. Adam B. Schiff. “He broad­casts from home. The chil­dren are there, watch­ing him broad­cast.”

Over the next two weeks, a jury at the Travis County Court­house will have to de­ter­mine whether Mr. Jones is a fit par­ent, the Amer­i­canS­tates­man re­ported.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

At­tor­neys for con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alex Jones (cen­ter) con­tend in cus­tody hear­ings that Mr. Jones is “play­ing a char­ac­ter” in his pub­lic life and re­mains fit to fa­ther his chil­dren.

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