Infowars host Alex Jones argues persona in custody dispute

"He wants J Lo to get raped", she said in court, according to the American-Statesman.

Alex Jones' risky rants are apparently all for show. "The children are there, watching him broadcast", she said.

Attorney Randall Wilhite said at a pretrial hearing in Austin last week that evaluating Jones based on his on-air comments is like judging Jack Nicholson based on his role as the Joker in "Batman".

While a verdict in his favor would help Jones's personal life, it could hurt a career that has resulted in a wide audience and even a friendship with President Donald Trump.

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"He's not a stable person", she reportedly told the court. He broadcasts from home, she said, and that exposes their children to his incendiary behavior.

Alex Jones, the fiery conspiracy theorist and provocateur who commands an audience of millions based on the idea that he is one of the only purveyors of the unvarnished truth, is now defending himself in a civil suit with an argument based partially on a claim that he is simply a performance artist, according to reporters who have been in the courtroom.

This is an especially notable argument since some readers may recall that, in the days before the 2016 United States presidential election, various right-wing media sites- including InfoWars!-ran reports suggesting that performance artist Marina Abramovic had hosted a sex-filled black-magic dinner and invited John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Later, Jones-who has said in the past that he actually believes what he says on the air-said the rant at Schiff was "clearly tongue-in-cheek" and "basically [an] art performance".

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Several segments from Jones' show has been played to the jury.

Jones' YouTube videos have been viewed 1.2 billion times.

In December 2015, Trump phoned in to the Alex Jones Show for a 30-minute interview. "I will not let you down". Erica Lafferty lost her mother in that shooting and has called on Trump to disavow Jones for his conspiracy theories, but Trump has never responded. Jones has since claimed to have heard from Trump since his inauguration, including with invitations to the White House press pool and Mar-a-Lago, though neither Jones nor his InfoWars staff have yet been spotted at either. "His fiery words have struck a chord in the nation and he speaks for millions. In fact, more people follow Alex than watch Fox News or CNN".

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