Megyn Kelly told her audience that she nearly took the stand to testify against Infowars founder Alex Jones in the latest Sandy Hook defamation trial and that she was glad about the severe financial punishment doled out by the jury.
On Monday’s edition of “The Megyn Kelly Show,” the former Fox News anchor revealed that she had been asked by the parents of a six-year-old victim of the 2012 mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school to bear witness against the bombastic filmmaker and internet personality and a 2017 interview that she conducted with him during her brief stint at NBC.
Jones, who was found guilty last week in a Texas courtroom was penalized by the jury for a staggering $45.2 million in punitive damages and $4.1 million in compensatory damages to the parents of the young murder victim.
“I will tell you the truth. I was not excited to do this and really wrestled with whether I could or should. This whole story, every iteration of it has been personally and professionally painful,” Kelly told her listeners.
(Video: YouTube/The Megyn Kelly Show)
“Did I really wanna leave my family, travel to Austin, Texas, take part in this insane trial with an out-of-control defendant and subject myself to a hostile cross-examination, not to mention relive a difficult time in my career and a chapter of dealing with Alex Jones that frankly, I would rather forget? No,” she said.
Kelly explained that in addition to not wanting to miss out on the birthday party of her youngest son, she had little desire to revisit the 2017 interview, after which she was the target of savage criticism for providing Jones with a platform on network television.
“I knew that it would likely stir up a sh*t storm of negative news stories from the Left and would also not go over well with the Right, some of which has come to really embrace Alex Jones more recently. Some think of him as a martyr for having been deplatformed another event that happened shortly after our interview,” she said. “But the bottom line was there was no world in which I was saying ‘No’ to Neil and Scarlett,” referring to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of slain Jesse Lewis.
During the trial, Jones’ producer testified that the host was “trapped” by Kelly who allegedly baited him into making inflammatory remarks about the Sandy Hook massacre.
“At first he — I mean he knows it’s — they lie, but she convinced him that it’s not going to be about Sandy Hook because he explicitly did not want to continue to bring — bring up Sandy Hook and aggravate parents in any way,” claimed InfoWars producer Daria Karpova of Kelly.
“She convinced him that this was gonna be a friendly interview — that Sandy Hook was not gonna come up and that, um, it — she just wanted to get to know him as a personality and as a man,” she said. “I believe that he didn’t realize that until it was already time for the interview and it was already taped.”
“She made it all — she made it all to be about Sandy Hook and she trapped — she set a trap for him that he fell into,” Karpova testified.
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“The truth is, I told Alex Jones from the start, that Sandy Hook would be part of this interview,” Kelly said, denying the suggestion that she hoodwinked Jones. “That we would go over the controversies, but that I wanted to cover more about him than that. And that’s exactly what we did in the NBC news piece, which is one of the journalistic endeavors of which I am most proud in my career.”
“No one made him spew these conspiracy theories, but himself, he jumped willingly and recklessly into those defamatory claims,” she added.
“This judgment is morally correct. And beyond past due,” she added. “Alex Jones, yes, in his own way, a talented, compelling sometimes — sometimes on other issues weirdly correct, entertaining force in independent media, has hurt too many people, too many times. I am happy for Neil and Scarlett. I am relieved the jury punished Alex Jones.”
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