After years of waiting, Lewis confronted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from the witness stand this week about the lies he had spread about the Sandy Hook shooting and the death of her son, Jesse.
Lewis, who successfully sued Jones for defamation along with the father of her son, six-year-old Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, spoke to Hearst Connecticut Media Group in the first media interview she had given during the nearly two-week trial in Texas.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ you know, this just increases my anxiety,” Lewis recalled after seeing Jones. “I wonder, ‘What am I going to do? How am I going to find my words?’ But in fact, sitting across from him, and looking into his eyes and literally speaking directly to him gave me my confidence. And, and I felt just tremendous, I felt courage.”
Lewis’ forceful testimony, often directed at Alex Jones, was widely shared across social media and the internet. “My son existed,” Lewis said in one clip that racked up more than 100,000 views. (over 250,000 as of October 2022)
At one point, Lewis even extended an invitation for Jones to join her efforts to promote social and emotional learning through the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, which she started after the death of her son. Lewis said she stands by the offer, to which Jones also expressed an interest during his testimony. “I mean, I hope that he chooses to live his life in a different way,” she said.
“I believe that we made a connection,” Lewis said. “I absolutely believe that if our lawsuit is successful, that it will change the way that he does business, and I believe that it will change the way others do business as well. If people think that they’re going to be held accountable for lying about someone then they won’t do it.”
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