Alex Jones, a right-wing conspiracy theorist with millions of followers, just closed an ugly chapter in his personal life.
A jury in Austin, Texas, late Thursday awarded joint custody of his children to his ex-wife, removing Jones from primary custody, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Jones received visitation rights to see the children, ages 9, 12 and 14, but their primary residence will be with their mother, Kelly Jones.
Jones, whose bombast on his Infowars series attracts legions of believers and critics who call him a “crackpot,” showed no emotion after the verdict, BuzzFeed noted.
HuffPost had previously reported that Kelly Jones’ attorney had characterized Jones as a “cult leader” who manipulated the children against her in what Kelly Jones said was part of the “parental alienation syndrome.”
“I just pray that from what’s happened with my family, people can really understand what parental alienation syndrome is and get an awareness of it and we can stop this from happening in the future,” Kelly Jones said afterward, per the American-Statesman.
Alex Jones’ attorney had argued that the host, a Sept. 11 truther who also called the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax, was merely putting on an act and that the children would benefit best by continuing under his care. Jones had nearly exclusive care of the children since their 2015 divorce.