Alex Jones apologizes, retracts false stories as part of settlement agreement with Chobani

By Elizabeth Keatinge, Veuer

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones apologized and retracted false stories about yogurt company Chobani and some of its refugee workers on Wednesday. That was after the radio host had previously said some Chobani employees' children raped a 5-year-old girl in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The on-air apology was part of a defamation lawsuit settlement Jones and Chobani agreed to. He said, "On behalf of Infowars, I regret that we mischaracterized Chobani, its employees, and the people of Twin Falls, Idaho the way we did."

Twin Falls is home to a $450 million Chobani plant that employs more than 1,000 employees, including hundreds of refugees.

Jones is a vocal supporter of travel bans for refugees. Chobani's founder told the Financial Times last year, "If a refugee has a job, they are no longer a refugee."

Jones, whose YouTube channel has 2 million subscribers, has taken down all social media related to the story and vowed in his apology that nothing related to the story will be reposted.

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Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Conspiracy theorist, radio talkshow host and Infowars.net founder Alex Jones (C) talks with a fan (L) as he walks up Elm Street past the spot where U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza in 1963 one day before commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the assassination in Dallas, November 21, 2013. Commemorations of the anniversary will be held Friday in Dallas, Washington and Boston. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
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Alex Jones, of Infowars, and Roger Stone, former Donald Trump advisor, debate with Jonathan Alter during an episode of Alter Family Politics on SiriusXM at Quicken Loans Arena on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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Conspiracy theorist, radio talk show host and Infowars.net founder Alex Jones (C) walks up Elm Street past the spot where U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza in 1963 one day before commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the assassination in Dallas, November 21, 2013. Jones is a leading voice in the U.S. conspiracy theory community. Commemorations of the anniversary will be held Friday in Dallas, Washington and Boston. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
Conspiracy theorist, radio talkshow host and Infowars.net founder Alex Jones (3rd R) walks past the Texas School Book Depository (top) where assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fired on President John F. Kennedy from the right corner 6th floor window in 1963 as Jones visits the assassination site one day before ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination in Dallas, November 21, 2013. Ceremonies will be held Friday in Dallas, Washington and Boston. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Alex Jones, of Infowars, and Jonathan Alter shake hands during an episode of Alter Family Politics on SiriusXM at Quicken Loans Arena on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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