Both Alex and Kelly Jones have released separate but similar court-approved statements asking the press to respect their children’s privacy and saying they will abide by the gag order imposed by Orlinda Naranjo and refrain from answering questions until the trial is over.
Alex Jones’ statement reads as follows:
“Above all this is a private matter. This is about my family and only my family. I have endeavored very faithfully for three years to keep this circumstance confidential for the sake of my children to protect their innocence. I urge the press to be respectful and responsible and to show due deference to the process of the law and respect the boundaries defined for this case so that a fair result can be found. As there is a gag/protective order on the trial of the safety, welfare and protection for our children’s private rights and what is in their best interests, I am holding my responses until the end of the trial.”
The court-approved statement from Kelly Jones reads as follows:
“This is a difficult situation for our family. I ask the media please respect the rulings of the judge and refrain from relaying any private information about our children. This case is about children’s well-being and best interest. It is not in their best interest for either Alex or me to speak to the press during the proceedings. Thank you for maintaining and protecting the confidentiality of our children. I will be available after the proceedings for comment.”
Friday’s testimony ended with a relatively brief appearance on the stand by Carol Jones, Alex Jones’ mother, who lives with his father, David, a dentist. Both are very close to their three grandchildren, who are frequent visitors to their home.
Alex Jones’ parents are also involved with Infowars, to the tune of millions of dollars in the last couple of years, according to her testimony.
“It’s a family business,” she said.
Carol and David Jones are estranged from their former daughter-in-law, who blames them along with Alex Jones for turning her children against her. Carol Jones confirmed that, at one point, Kelly Jones said to David Jones, “I am going to get back at you for what you did to me. God is going to crush you in Jesus’ name.”
Asked by Robert Hoffman, an attorney for Kelly Jones, what good things she could say about Kelly Jones as a mother, Carol Jones said, “she was extremely conscientious about their appearance and safety,” but didn’t want to say much more.
“There’s a lot of blood under the bridge,” she said.
Asked by Hoffman about death threats against her son and grandchildren because of Infowars, Carol Jones said that it concerned her, especially in the case of her grandchildren.
With her son, she said, she was worried, “but not exceptionally upset.”
“Why not?” Hoffman asked.
“I’m not a hysterical person,” she said.
“My son’s career, that goes with the territory as they say,” she said. “It’s not the children’s territory.”
12:25 p.m. update: Attorneys for Alex Jones asked for a mistrial Friday in his child custody case because of a tape that was errantly played in court Thursday in which Jones had offered supportive commentary on Donald Trump’s remark on a 2005 Access Hollywood tape — released in the heat of 2016 presidential campaign — about his ability, as a celebrity, to grab women by the genitals and get away with it.
State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo denied the request for a mistrial.
The move for a mistrial, which came before the jury convened for the fifth day of the trial at the Travis County Courthouse, was first reported by Ben Hartman who is covering the trial for The Daily Beast.
The clip had not been approved to be played before the jury by Naranjo, though it ran for a minute or more before Randall Wilhite, one of Jones’ attorneys, asked the judge to stop the tape and approached the bench for an extended discussion with the judge and Kelly Jones’ attorneys. Jones appeared elated at the time, and the jury was ultimately asked to disregard what they had seen.
The tape had played long enough for Jones to be heard on the video taken from a February podcast of the Joe Rogan Experience saying, “when you’re a celebrity, women throw themselves at you. A woman climbing on top of you is not sexual assault, that’s what mammals do.”
Earlier: The Alex Jones-Kelly Jones child custody trial is hearing from Van Dobson of Kids in Touch, which provided supervision for some 120 visits the three Jones children, who are living with their father, had with their mother since March of 2015.
Earlier: Alex Jones, the Austin-based broadcaster, completed his testimony Thursday. He testified for two days, defending his parenting and deflecting an effort by his ex-wife Kelly Jones to gain at least partial custody of their three children.
On Thursday, Jones teared up as Kelly Jones’ attorney suggested he was keeping the children from spending time with their mother. He denied the lawyer’s assertions, telling him he had “no decency.”
“You sit here and twist things, I’ve never seen anything like it in all of literature or the movies,” he said.
Jones’ parents were expected to testify Friday, as well as a therapist involved in the case and a nanny who has worked for Jones taking care of the children.
The American-Statesman will provide updates throughout the day.