Alex Jones took the stand on Thursday in his heated custody battle with ex-wife Kelly Jones, and his testimony reads like one of the transcripts from his conspiracy-theorist radio show. This comes on the heels of testimony that Jones was diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder and his legal team claimed he was a performance artist.
The questioning began with what was supposed to be a lighthearted question: “You haven’t had any chili this morning, have you, Mr. Jones?” This was a reference to a deposition from Jones who blamed eating a “big bowl of chili” causing him to forget details about his children’s lives.
Jones was not happy, and things only got weirder from there. When lawyers asked Jones about his use of drugs and alcohol, Jones admitted that he both drinks and smokes marijuana.
From Buzzfeed News:
Jones said he sometimes smokes marijuana — nearly yearly — “to monitor its strength, which is how law enforcement does it.” He then added that he tested it because he believes it is now too strong — a development he blamed on billionaire and political donor George Soros, whom he claimed in court has “brain damaged a lot of people.”
Jones addressed his marijuana use last February on the popular Joe Rogan podcast, noting that it was legal in California where the show was taped and that “everybody smokes marijuana on that show.”
On the subject of alcohol use, Jones said his intake varies but that he is not intoxicated around children and rarely ever drunk. When shown a clip of him outside the Capitol building before the inauguration looking intoxicated, Jones suggested he was not and that he does not get intoxicated on the set of his show. “Sometimes I’ll have a drink every day and then other times I’ll go without it for months,” he said.
Jones dismissed the claims made by his wife that he disrobes often (on-air and off-air) while intoxicated. There was also a time on Jones’s show where he said he could drink a full bottle of whiskey and show no effects. In January, from a report outside of Trump Tower, Jones was shouting and growling at a crowd, and a woman noted he had “liquor on [his] breath.”
Jones also is apparently working to undermine his own defense, seemingly violating a gag order on the proceedings by uploaded two videos in which he refuted his lawyers’ claim that he is a performance artist. “I am completely real and everybody knows it,” he said in a Tuesday video shot while he was driving to the courthouse. On the stand, he said “90 percent” of what is on his show is true.
“Also Tuesday, one of Jones’s closest allies, Roger Stone, gave an interview to [reporter Jonathan] Tilove in which he directly contradicted Jones’s attorneys,” The Washington Post reported. Stone reportedly said that Jones’s lawyers don’t “understand” their client, saying he understands the defense but said Jones believes everything he says.
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