Greek yogurt producer Chobani has reportedly filed a lawsuit against conspiracy theory kingpin Alex Jones and his InfoWars website for posting fake news.
In stories and videos, Jones has accused Chobani of hiring "migrant rapists" who assault children which, as you might have guessed, is complete bullshit.
Chobani says that Jones and his Infowars website posted fabricated stories earlier this month that linked Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya and the company to a sexual assault case involving refugee children. The company filed the lawsuit in Idaho District Court in Twin Falls, where it operates the largest yogurt plant in the world.
"(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 wrote. "Mr. Jones has now taken aim at Chobani and the Twin Falls community."
Chobani is seeking at least $10,000 in damages from Alex Jones for making defamatory statements that caused some customers to call for a boycott of the company.
The only surprising thing about this is that it hasn't happened sooner. Alex Jones makes incendiary and defamatory comments as a matter of course. Making wild claims against innocent groups of people comes as naturally to him as breathing.
Jones publicly apologized to avoid being sued by the Comet Ping Pong pizza parlor that was the subject of a conspiracy theory alleging that Hillary Clinton operated a child sex trafficking ring out of its basement.
It's difficult to even type that with a straight face.
I suppose it was easier to simply ignore Jones and his relatively small but devoted audience when he wasn't being legitimized by Trump. He's in the spotlight now and he may not like it. Jones is currently involved in a child custody trial where videos of him removing his clothes for inexplicable reasons have been shown.