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Infowars head and provocateur conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is in the midst of a brutal custody battle with his ex-wife, and though the court records are sealed, Jones' attorneys have disavowed his on-air personality in testimony, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

He's playing a character. He is a performance artist.Randall Wilhite, attorney for Alex Jones

Don't forget: Infowars gets nearly 8 million unique visitors a month and its channel has amassed more than a billion views on YouTube. And then-candidate Donald Trump called into Jones' show in December 2015, telling him, "Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down."

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