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Lawyer: ‘Infowars’ host Jones often acts like ‘cult leader’

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    Alex Jones, a well-known Austin-based broadcaster and provocateur, arrives for a child custody trial at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas >> A lawyer for the ex-wife of right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says the radio personality is a “cult leader” who’s turning their children against his former wife.

Attorney Robert Hoffman made the claims Thursday during closing arguments in the custody trial involving Jones and ex-wife Kelly Jones, who’s seeking sole or joint custody of their three children.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Randall Wilhite, a lawyer for Alex Jones, said earlier in court that the children, ages 9, 12 and 14, are thriving under Jones’ care and he should remain the sole caregiver.

Testimony before a Travis County jury began last week.

Alex Jones previously testified that his “Infowars” shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.

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