Disgraced conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is still living the high life, despite being ordered to pay nearly $50 million to the families of the Sandy Hook shooting.
The Infowars host has proved he’s not willing to take back his expensive taste just because his company has filed for bankruptcy and he’s claiming to be broke.
Jones, 48, spent the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, the hometown of his wife Erika Wulff Jones’ family.
Alex Jones held Ms. Erika Wulff Jones as they left the 801 Chophouse in Omaha, Nebraska for a cigarette break
Jones and his wife were visiting Omaha, where their family is from
The couple married in 2017. Erika is Jones’ second wife and they have one child. He has three children with his first wife Kelly
The couple stayed at the four-star Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel, built in the 1920s, where they regularly spend time when in the area.
And he didn’t skimp, using a driver to get around town and flashing a Rolex watch on his wrist.
“When he’s here, he always hires a driver and a bodyguard. This time is no different,” a source told .
On Saturday, he, his wife and four friends dined at the expensive downtown 801 Chophouse Restaurant, where the cheapest steak on the menu — a single cut prime rib roast — costs $61, while a one-pound A5 Wagyu steak costs $560.
A meal there can easily cost $200 per person, not including wine or other alcohol. Scalloped potatoes are $18, while baked creamed spinach is $15 and a simple wedge salad is $17.
At one point, Jones and Erika, 43, left the restaurant so he could smoke a cigarette. Dressed casually in jeans and a black T-shirt, he appeared to comfort his five-year-old wife by placing his left hand on her right shoulder. At one point, he grabbed her in both hands for a full body hug, lovingly placing his right hand behind her head while resting her head on his shoulder.
The loving scene was a far cry from how the couple, who married in 2017, behaved around Christmas. She spent the holidays in jail after being arrested after assaulting him at her Austin home.
The couple walked their dog on Sunday before visiting West Omaha and Fremont, Nebraska
Erika was wearing a T-shirt with the ace of spades on it. According to the card readers, this card represents intelligence
Erika Wulff Jones arrived Sunday with a bouquet of flowers from an Omaha grocery store
They bought several bags of groceries at a grocery store
Alex Jones and his wife were seen relaxing in the hotel pool just a week after he was ordered to pay nearly $50 million to the parents of a Sandy Hook school victim
He was later seen grinning and showing a thumbs up at the camera as his wife Erika Wulff Jones sat on his lap
The 1920s Cottonwood Hotel describes itself as “gently”. The website states, “We look to our rich heritage to inspire our fresh approach to modern hospitality with a hearty dose of Midwestern charm.”
The menu at 801 Chophouse features a 30-ounce porterhouse for $135, hash browns for $15 and an iceberg wedge salad for $17
“I love and care for my wife and it seems to be some kind of medication imbalance,” Jones said at the time.
“It’s a private family matter,” he added.
But he told police he “feared for his life” when they hit him more than 20 times with closed fists, an open hand and a soap bottle
He also claimed she threw a five-pound stone ball at his head, missing him by inches.
When he called 911, he told dispatchers that Erika repeatedly hit him on the head and “held a polished club” and tried to “hit him with it.”
The fight ended with her claims he cheated on her.
Erika Wulff Jones in her mug shot after allegedly beating up her husband last Christmas Eve
Not everyone in Nebraska’s largest city was pleased to see Jones. Mary LaVelle, who was visiting, confronted him. “He’s such a creature of bad things, I just saw him there and I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to interview him,'” she told the Omaha World-Herald.
“I made mistakes and I admitted it,” Jones told LaVelle as she pretended to be a journalist.
He also told her he had the “right to question things when I want to.”
When LaVelle saw one of Jones’ children walking around the hotel, she asked him if the child was a paid actor. He has claimed Sandy Hook’s grieving parents are actually actors paid by anti-gun activists.
Another guest posted a picture of Jones in the hotel pool and then posed for a photo with his wife on her knee.
On Sunday, Jones, his wife and his bodyguard took their dog for a morning walk around the neighbor at his Midtown hotel.
Jones again dressed casually in a short-sleeved blue button-down shirt, jeans, trainers and sunglasses. Erika was wearing jeans, sneakers, sunglasses and a T-shirt with the Queen of Spades printed on it.
After taking their dog back to their room, Jones, his wife and his bodyguard ate brunch at the hotel.
At 12:30 p.m., they all got into the SUV and drove to a local grocery store, where they bought several bags of groceries, which appeared to be deli items, soups, cakes, spreads, and chips. Jones’ wife had a bouquet in hand as she left the store.
From there they drove to an apartment complex in West Omaha and picked up a few people, then he and his wife jumped into a silver Toyota Camry and sped to Fremont, Nebraska, 35 miles west of Omaha.
Jnes said his wife’s attack was caused by a “chemical imbalance”.
Alex Jones reacts in an Austin courtroom after the jury decides how much to pay for defaming the parents of a murdered Sandy Hook student
Jones claimed the trial was a way for others to attack his freedom of expression. He appeared in court in Texas on July 26 with a piece of tape over his mouth that read “Save the 1st” Amendment
Jones was sentenced to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the family of slain 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, one of 26 people shot dead in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, after a jury in Auston, Texas found that he had defamed you.
That’s on top of the $4 million in damages he had to pay to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis.
Jones is likely to pay only a fraction of the amount and could end up owing just 10 percent. An attorney for the parents believes damages will likely be capped at $4.5 million, but Jones’ attorney predicts it could be even less.
Attorney Federico Andino Reynal, who represented Jones, said in court Friday that he would seek a reduction in the $45.2 million punitive damages award as being inconsistent with Texas law.
Jones, his wife and four friends dined at 801 Chophouse, one of Omaha’s most expensive restaurants
While juries have broad discretion in awarding awards, state law caps punitive damages at $750,000 other than for economic losses, as in this case.
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, who is presiding over the case, must approve the final amount, a decision expected shortly.
But Jones has more legal troubles ahead of him. A similar libel case in Connecticut is scheduled to begin September 6. A jury has already found him liable for defamation, and the new trial is designed only to decide how much in damages he must pay.
Last year, the network was found to have defamed Heslin and Lewis by spreading lies that they were part of a government conspiracy to stage the Connecticut elementary school shooting.
Jones was reportedly worth $270 million at the Austin trial. Bernard Pettingill, an economist employed by the parents, told the court: “That figure represents, to my mind, a value of a net worth. He has money in a bank account somewhere.”
Jones’ first wife, Kelly, the mother of his three older children, earlier this month called him “really mentally ill” for insisting Sandy Hook’s attack was faked.
“He should be protected from himself and others,” she said in an interview with Inside Edition.
“He has no moral compass. He lives in his own universe and I think he’s a very delusional man.’
Jones posted a video on Infowars saying he doesn’t have the money to pay the full premium. “We’re so broke,” he said before asking his followers to send him money.
“If you don’t fund us…we will close,” he said.
But that’s not how the Omaha hotel staff found him. “He was kind, gracious and a generous tipper. one told .
“He didn’t seem broke.”