Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is facing accusations of racism, anti-Semitism, sexual misconduct, and bullying.
According to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, complaints obtained by the Daily Mail, the Infowars director had allegedly disparaged and harassed two former employees of the controversial website. Ashley Beckford—the former production assistant for Infowars‘s parent company, Free Speech Systems—said she began experiencing discrimination immediately after she was hired in 2016.
“I was subjected to different terms and conditions of employment, in comparison to my non-Black African-American peers, when it came to my salary/wages and benefits (travel), and in regards to my dress, including my hair style,” she said, according to the complaint. “I also was subjected to harassment and racial slurs by Respondent's management and some peer colleagues, as well as subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile, sexually offensive work environment.”
Beckford also claimed Jones had groped her buttocks in front of other individuals and asked, “Who wouldn’t want a black wife?”
Beckford said she was subjected to racially insensitive taunts during her time with company, and that she was passed over for promotions because of her race.
Former Infowars video editor Rob Jacobson claims he, too, endured discrimination during his 13 years with the website. According to the EEOC complaint, Jacobson said Jones constantly bullied him for his religious background, and would call him anti-Semitic names like “The Jewish Individual,” “The Resident Jew,” and “Yacobson.”
“My employer also inserted my face onto the photo of a Hasidic Jewish man and circulated that picture around the office,” he said in the complaint.
Jacobson continued: “From 2008-2012, Alex Jones called me Beefcake, referring to male porn stars. I felt like this was intimidating and harassing and a form of sexual harassment in that he was grooming me for homosexual sex. […] In 2014, [Jones] allowed his friend Shane Steiner into my office to display on my computer with images of gay pornography. I believe this action was a continuation of the intimidation and sexual harassment.”
Beckford and Jacobson were both fired from the company in 2017.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, Jones denied the allegations, calling them BS.
“I'm not going to talk about former employees, I mean nobody accuses me of stuff like that,” he said. “No, no and in fact I'm not the type of person to say those kinds of things. So that's why my feelings are hurt. Wow. That's all I can say. That’s total bullshit.”