Alex Jones has filed a civil lawsuit against the Young Turks based on alleged false criminal accusations the YouTube-sponsored channel made against Jones.
The Young Turks was recently in the news after one of its members said that, “America deserved 9/11.” (Read, “The Young Turks’ Hasan Piker Says ‘America Deserved 9/11’, Mocks Dan Crenshaw’s War Injury: ‘Brave Soldier F***ed His Eye Hole’”)
TYT had also found itself in called out for a blog post that referred to 14 and 15 year old girls as “whores in training.” The post:
- described a road trip with Uygur and David Koller, now senior vice president of operations at the Young Turks. The post was written in the style of a diary entry. At one point, “Dave” described chatting up some underage teenage girls he called “whores in training.”
- “In one small Pennsylvania town we stopped for gas, and while Cenk filled up I went to talk to these three girls who were walking down the road nearby. Turns out they were three teenage girls, whores in training, literally looking for boys to pick them up,” he wrote. “They were around 14-16 and in a few more years will be pretty damn good looking.”
YouTube continued to sponsor the Young Turks despite their celebration of 9/11 and sexualized talk about underage girls.
You can read Alex Jones’ lawsuit against the Young Turks below:
Also named in the lawsuit are Brianna Wu, a congressional candidate, and Andrew Kimmel formerly of Buzzfeed.
The Complaint reads:
The Defendants launched a campaign of lies and libels against their media competitor and ideological opponent, ALEX JONES. Defendants virally spread one of the worst smears that can be spread about anyone: accusing someone of one of the most infamous federal felony crimes, even though defendant knew JONES was actually the victim of that crime.
Parents of a school shooting sued JONES’ employer and JONES. After the suit was brought, hackers and cybercriminals ideologically allied with the Defendants tried to plant child porn on computers of JONES’ employer, during a time period designed to be unwittingly “discovered” by lawyers involved in the case, by using terms in the emails that had been ordered produced in court-ordered discovery. Once uncovered, the FBI cleared JONES and his employer, and JONES was the identified target victim. Defendants instead told the world it was JONES who sent child porn to the victims of school shootings. Jones, publicly, and through counsel, continually requested corrections from the offenders. These Defendants refused. This was libel. This suit follows.
Roman McClay says
Is this kind of lawsuit painful for the YT regardless of outcome? Is that AJ’s calculus or is it on principle you think?
Or is there a chance he wins?
I realize it’s speculative but I’d be interested in your POV.