Lawyers representing families of Sandy Hook massacre victims said in a new court filing they found child pornography in electronic files turned over to them by Infowars founder Alex Jones.
The law firm Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder said it made the discovery after Jones turned over the files in response to the families' lawsuit against him, according to The Connecticut Post.
The families of eight victims of the shooting have filed a defamation suit against Jones for previously claiming the 2012 Newtown, Conn., shooting, in which 26 people died, was a "hoax."
A judge ordered Jones's lawyers to turn over electronically stored data on Jones's business operations, according to the Post. Sandy Hook lawyers reportedly found the child porn when they began reviewing the files, prompting them to immediately notify the FBI.
The FBI, citing Department of Justice policy, said that it would neither confirm nor deny "the existence of an investigation."
Jones denied the accusation on Monday, saying on his InfoWars show that lawyer Chris Mattei was trying to set him up.
“You’re trying to set me up with child porn, I’ll get your ass,” Jones said on the broadcast, before adding, “one million dollars, you little gang members. One million dollars to put your head on a pike.”
Mattei and his law firm told the Post that Jones's remarks represented threats against them.
Norm Pattis, Jones's lawyer, pushed back against the idea that Jones was acting in a threatening manner.
“Mr. Jones was upset, he did not threaten Mr. Mattei,” Pattis said to the Post. “He spoke in a compassionate fashion.”
Pattis also said that he spoke to federal prosecutors last week and that there is "no indication anyone at InfoWars knowingly possessed child pornography."
"The items were embedded in emails sent to folks at InfoWars without ever having been opened," he said. "The plaintiffs’s lawyer suggestion that anyone at InfoWars knew child pornography was embedded in emails is risible.”
Lawyers for the Sandy Hook families have reportedly asked a Connecticut court to take immediate action on the new allegation. A court hearing focused on the new documents is scheduled for Tuesday, the Post reported.
Jones has repeatedly amplified conspiracy theories related to the Sandy Hook shooting, which occurred on Dec. 14, 2012.
“I’ve watched a lot of soap operas, and I’ve seen actors before,” Jones said in 2016. “And I know when I’m watching a movie and when I’m watching something real.”
He acknowledged in a sworn deposition earlier this year that the shooting occurred, claiming a "form of psychosis" made him question whether certain events were staged.