In testimony given during Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones‘ custody trial this week, a doctor said that Jones had once been diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder.
While being questioned by Jones’ ex-wife’s attorney, Dr. Alissa Sherry revealed that Jones’ had NPD, which exhibits traits such as “an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others,” and “fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”
The Daily Beast reports that Sherry described an incident during a family therapy session where Jones stood up and took his shirt off — something she described as “a rare thing to have happened.” She also discussed at length an incident where Jones yelled at his daughter for wearing a supportive boot for a broken toe. Reports say attorneys for Jones’ ex-wife have complained to the judge that Jones keeps shaking his head at them and smirking during courtroom proceedings.
Newman: How many times have you heard of someone taking their shirt off at a therapy session?
Alissa Sherry: Just once.
— jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) April 19, 2017
Courtroom quiet w/ lawyers out. @RealAlexJones is whispering to man in a suit – made out the words "they're trying to destroy my livelihood"
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 19, 2017
Earlier this week it was revealed that Jones’ lawyers tried to argue that his manic and unhinged on-air persona is simply just him “playing a character” for his audience. But his history of marrying himself and his credibility to some of the most far-out and reprehensible conspiracy theories goes back well over a decade.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Jones isn’t the first eccentric right-wing media personality to use the ‘it’s just an act’ defense.
Fellow excitable talk-radio host and conspiracy theorist Michael Savage was less successful with the same argument. After the Council on American-Islamic Relations published clips of Savage’s anti-Muslim rants in fundraising messages, Savage sued, claiming that CAIR was treating a persona embodying “American rage” as the real Savage, and unfairly painting the real Savage as a racist. The federal court was unimpressed and dismissed the suit.
Below is a little mashup of Jones’ greatest hits:
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