Chobani Sues Far-Right Radio Host Alex Jones for Linking Refugees to Rape
Alex Jones — notorious conspiracy theorist, Sandy Hook shooting “truther,” and founder of InfoWars — finds himself in hot water again. Chobani is suing Jones for publishing false information that allegedly links the Greek yogurt company’s practice of hiring refugees to an unrelated sexual assault case in Twin Falls, Idaho, where Chobani’s factory is located.
A story and a video published on InfoWars on April 11 tenuously connects the sexual molestation of a five-year-old child by a group of older children with Chobani’s hiring practices in the same town. The details of the sexual assault case have been frequently misreported in the heated debate regarding refugee resettlement in Idaho. The title of the InfoWars video claims that Chobani is “importing migrant rapists,” while Chobani maintains that it has nothing to do with the case.
"(Jones) is no stranger to spurious statements. He has claimed that the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks and the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut," Chobani's attorneys said in the lawsuit. "Mr. Jones has now taken aim at Chobani and the Twin Falls community."
Chobani is seeking $10,000 in damages. Although Jones has not responded to media requests for comment, he posted a lengthy 17-minute video response to the lawsuit on InfoWars.
This is not the first time Jones has found himself entangled in a web of spurious rumors. He recently apologized for his role in spreading the bizarre fake news of a Clinton-connected child sex trafficking ring, known to the public as “Pizzagate.”