Chobani Yogurt Just Sued Alex Jones, Infowars
Company says stories falsely accuse it of bringing crime, disease to Idaho
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2017 7:47 AM CDT
Alex Jones arrives for a child custody trial at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on April 19, 2017.   (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

(Newser) – Conspiracy peddler Alex Jones has another lawsuit to handle. Greek yogurt maker Chobani has sued Jones' Infowars for publishing what it calls fake and defamatory stories related to the company's plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, reports BuzzFeed. Two examples: One video headlined, "Idaho Yogurt Maker Caught Importing Migrant Rapists" and a story blaming Chobani for a "500% increase in tuberculosis in Twin Falls." Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya wants the stories pulled and $10,000 in damages, but Jones says he isn't budging. "I’m never giving up, I love this," he said in an audio statement, per the Washington Post. "They have jumped the trillion-pound great white shark on this baby." Jones accused billionaire George Soros of being behind the suit, just weeks after accusing him of staging a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The migrant rape story stems from an incident in June 2016 in which three refugee boys, ages 14, 10, and, 7, sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl in a laundry room, reports the Idaho Statesman. Details remain sealed, but prosecutors said one boy admitted touching the girl while the others filmed on a phone. The assault later was conflated by right-wing sites into a gang rape at knifepoint by Syrian men. Jones previously called the Sandy Hook shooting a hoax and said the government staged the 9/11 attacks, though in a recent court hearing in a child custody case, his lawyer argued that Jones' public persona is merely performance art. Ulukaya is a Turkish immigrant who has drawn national attention, both praise and scorn, for his advocacy of refugees. He employs more than 300 refugees at the Idaho plant and another in New York.

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