Families of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre have made ground in their legal battle with controversial conspiracy theorist and fake news peddler Alex Jones.
Six families sued the InfoWars host for defamation after he claimed the 2012 shooting, in which 26 people died, was "completely fake" and a hoax.
Jones claims the parents were actors in a long-running conspiracy, employed to undermine laws allowing for private gun ownership. As a result, the families say they have been "subjected... to physical confrontations and harassment, death threats and personal attacks on social media".
Now a judge in Connecticut says the families will be allowed to access InfoWars' internal marketing and financial documents, ABC News reports.
"From the beginning, we have alleged that Alex Jones and his financial network trafficked in lies and hate in order to profit from the grief of Sandy Hook families - that is what we intend to prove, and today's ruling advances that effort," families' attorney Chris Mattei said.
"We look forward to gaining access to InfoWars' internal marketing and financial documents to show that Jones has built an empire as nothing more than a conspiracy profiteer, as alleged in our complaint."
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Jones' defence team has tried to get the lawsuit dismissed, saying he wasn't responsible for the "tragedy", appearing to acknowledge it actually did happen.
Jones' other bizarre claims include that former US President Barack Obama is planning to escape a "worldwide meltdown" by fleeing to New Zealand, the US government runs a child slave colony on Mars and is trying to turn frogs gay.