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A Massachusetts man is suing Alex Jones after the conspiracy theorist and conservative radio host’s website InfoWars misidentified him as the gunman in an article about the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre.
Marcel Fontaine, 24, filed a lawsuit in Texas court Monday naming Jones, InfoWars, parent company Free Speech Systems, LLC and Infowars employee Kit Daniels as defendants. Fontaine is seeking damages after he says InfoWars falsely identified him as the shooter and posted photos of him in several versions of an article on InfoWars’ website.
Fontaine’s suit claims a now-deleted InfoWars article including his photo published on Feb. 14 “conveyed the impression that the photograph depicted the suspected Douglas High School shooter.” It says the article, along with Fontaine’s photo, spread across social media. Fontaine said he was then threatened and ridiculed online.
Mark Bankston, Fontaine’s attorney, told CBS News that Fontaine has tried to keep a positive attitude but has “grown increasingly disturbed by this incident” and that he “genuinely fears for his safety.” Bankston said his client is seeking damages in excess of $1 million.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Huffington Post. InfoWars did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Jones or Daniels.
I'm actually surprised this didn't happen sooner.