Families of Sandy Hook victims aren't backing down going after Alex Jones for helping to spread conspiracy theories about the 2012 massacre, but now the radio host is offering up a new reason for his actions: He had a mental disorder. Per the Statesman, Jones gave a three-hour deposition (HuffPost has the full transcript) earlier this month for one of several suits brought by Sandy Hook parents, and on Friday, attorneys released that deposition. In it, Jones claimed he "almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I'm now learning a lot of times things aren't staged." He went on to blame "trauma" he's suffered from what he says are constantly lying media groups and companies: "You don't trust anything anymore, kind of like a child whose parents lie to them over and over again. Pretty soon they don't know what reality is."
He added that now he sees the truth about Sandy Hook as being "more in the middle." However, when asked if he thought whether "people should be accountable for the people they hurt," Jones said that "sometimes people claim they've been hurt when they haven't been." NBC News notes he didn't offer any proof he'd ever been evaluated for a mental disorder. It's also unclear how Jones' insistence that his supposed mental illness was a thing of the past syncs up with more recent behavior: After the suicide this week of Jeremy Richman, father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook victim Avielle Richman, Jones was right back to stirring things up on his radio show, questioning whether Jeremy Richman really took his own life and noting that "this whole Sandy Hook thing is, like, really getting even crazier," per the News-Times. (Jones filed a complaint against PayPal last year.)