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Alex Jones Apology to Chobani Issued in Defamation Suit

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By    |   Friday, 19 May 2017 05:30 AM

Alex Jones issued an apology to Chobani and its employees in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Wednesday in an effort to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by the yogurt company after he linked it and owner Hamdi Ulukaya to a sexual assault case there.

Chobani filed the lawsuit in April after Jones posted information April 11 on his InfoWars website, his Twitter feed, and YouTube channel in relation to an assault case involving refugee children at a Twin Falls apartment complex, the Idaho Statesman reported.

Jones also connected Chobani and its practice of hiring refugees with an increase in crime and tuberculosis in the city, according to the Statesman. Chobani employs more than 300 refugees at its plants in Twin Falls and upstate New York, the newspaper noted.

Jones also threatened to expose Ulukaya and his "Islamicist" agenda by traveling to Twin Falls with a journalism investigation team after Chobani's lawsuit was filed, according to the Statesman.

The InfoWars host initially charged that he would fight the lawsuit but appeared to have a different tone in a statement that was posted on YouTube after his show ended Wednesday.

"During the week of April 10, 2017, certain statements were made on the InfoWars Twitter feed and YouTube channel regarding Chobani, LLC that I now understand to be wrong," Jones said. "The tweets and video have now been retracted and will not be reposted. On behalf of InfoWars, I regret that we mischaracterized Chobani, its employees and the people of Twin Falls, Idaho, the way we did."

The Twin Falls Times-News reported that the apology and the removal of the Jones's stories against the company were what the company initially asked for before filing the lawsuit.

An InfoWars video on April 11 directly connected Chobani with an assault where three refugee boys pleaded guilty to assaulting a 5-year-old girl, the Times-News reported. County prosecutor Grant Loebs, said there was no connection between the yogurt factory and the assault.

"The defendants' conduct in this matter was extreme, outrageous, and warrants punitive damages," Chobani's lawsuit said then. "The defendants publicly communicated the defamatory statements to a wide audience of subscribers and other online viewers causing significant damages to (Chobani). As a result of the conduct of the defendants, (Chobani) has suffered and continues to suffer substantial damages in an amount to be proven at trial."

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Alex Jones issued an apology to Chobani and its employees in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Wednesday in an effort to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by the yogurt company after he linked it and owner Hamdi Ulukaya to a sexual assault case there.
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