|Alex Jones (American-Statesman photo)|
Following opening statements on behalf of Alex Jones, the well-known Austin-based broadcaster and provocateur, and his ex-wife, Kelly Jones, the rest of the day was consumed with the testimony and examination of two Austin psychologists who were involved in the case: Allison Wilcox, who was the guardian ad litem, assigned by the court to look out for the interests of the children in the divorce, and Alissa Sherry, who was the case manager for the treatment team.
While Alex Jones did not get to testify Tuesday, he did express himself overnight in an Infowars video that seemed to contradict his legal team’s strategy of suggesting that his on-air persona is a part he plays and not an indication of what kind of father he is.
“They’ve got articles out today that say I’m a fake, all of this other crap. Total bull,” Jones said.
“The media is deceiving everywhere,” Jones said. “I 110 percent believe what I stand for.”
Earlier: Alex Jones’ attorney presented Jones as a great father and Kelly Jones as an unfit, emotionally unstable mother, during opening statements of the Jones’ child custody trial Tuesday.
But Kelly Jones’ attorney presented her as a loving mother undermined by an ex-husband who turned their three children against her, instructing them to tape her for incriminating evidence.
Alex and Kelly Jones, who were married about a dozen years before their divorce in 2015, are fighting over their children — aged 9, 12 and 14 — who now live with Alex Jones and with whom Kelly Jones has only severely restricted, supervised visits. She is seeking sole or joint custody.
What sets this trial apart from so many other bitter custody fights is Alex Jones, and the argument by his legal team that his public persona as a bellicose conspiracy theorist is a character he plays — performance art — and not a measure of what kind of parent he is.