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In this Dec. 5, 2016, photo, the front door of Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. For conspiracy theorists, "pizzagate" didn't end when a man brought a gun to a Washington restaurant in a misguided attempt to rescue child sex slaves, instead, the shooting fired up further belief in the baseless claims. On blogs, YouTube channels and internet radio shows devoted to conspiracy theories, some see Edgar Maddison Welch’s as the latest “false flag.” That’s a term for a cover-up or distraction orchestrated by the government or other powerful figures. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

A conspiracy theorist who helped spread the 'Pizzagate' theory issued a rare apology


Prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who's also the operator of the website Infowars, issued a rare apology for helping spread and promote the Pizzagate theory, which claimed that a pizza restaurant in D.C. was involved in a child pornography ring run by Democrats, the New York Times reported.

Despite positing no evidence, the theory eventually made its way onto Jones' show, and circulated on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

WATCH | Jones issued a video apology to the owner of Comet Ping Pong, James Alefantis.

Reading from a carefully worded statement, Jones said, "In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him." 

He clarified that two reporters who were previously with Infowars "are no longer with us."

In the apology, Jones also remained a steadfast believer that Alefantis does not have any legal authority to bring a suit forward.

He continued, "In issuing this statement, we are not admitting that Mr. Alefantis, or his restaurant, have any legal claim. We do not believe they do. But we are issuing this statement because we think it is the right thing to do."

The Pizzagate theory led to the arrest of a North Carolinian man named Edgar Welch, who showed up at the restaurant to investigate claims of a child pornography ring and subsequently fired an semiautomatic rifle. Welch pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and interstate transport of a firearm the same day Jones had issued the apology.

Welch is expected to be sentenced in June.

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