Infowars founder Alex Jones on Friday urged the media to “respectfully” cover him and his family amid a custody hearing over his three children.
“I urge the press to be respectful and responsible and to show due deference to the process of the law and respect boundaries defined for this case so that a fair result can be found,” he said in a statement, according to Business Insider. “Above all this is a private matter.”
“This is about my family and only my family. I have endeavored very faithfully for three years to keep this circumstance confidential for the sake of my children to protect their innocence.”
Jones is a vocal supporter of President Trump in addition to owning and operating the popular websites Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com.
Kelly Jones, the media personality’s ex-wife, is currently battling him over custody of their 14-year-old son and two daughters, aged 12 and 9.
A jury will spend the next two weeks determining whether Alex Jones’s on-air persona differs from his private one while it decides if he is fit for parenting.
Randall Wilhite, Alex Jones’s lawyer, argued to a Texas judge Monday that his client is “playing a character” on his Infowars broadcast.
Kelly Jones countered that her former husband is “not a stable person,” adding her children are often at home “watching him broadcast.”
Alex Jones has made a number of controversial claims while broadcasting for Infowars, including the U.S. government was involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Infowars host has also suggested the government faked the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. using actors.