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Radio host Alex Jones apologizes for linking Chobani to sexual assault case, tuberculosis

Alex Jones flashes a friendly thumbs up as he exits a Travis County courtroom. (Photo: CBS Austin News)

Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he has settled a lawsuit filed by Greek yogurt giant Chobani, reversing course from previous claims that he would never back down in the defamation case.

Jones, who among other things has claimed that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, read a brief statement at the end of his radio show Wednesday saying he had retracted previous stories and tweets about Chobani.

Chobani had argued in its lawsuit that Jones and his InfoWars website posted fabricated stories earlier this month that linked Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya and the company to a sexual assault case involving refugee children. Jones also suggested the company's support for refugees contributed to a rise in tuberculosis in the area.

The company filed the lawsuit in Idaho District Court in Twin Falls, where it operates the largest yogurt plant in the world.

At the time, Jones alleged that the suit was a plot by liberal billionaire George Soros to take him down.

"I was warned by my White House sources this was coming," he said in an April audio statement, referring to Soros as a "dirtbag Nazi collaborator" and a "sack of demons."

Jones insisted he would never give up.

When he gave up Wednesday, Jones added that he regretted mischaracterizing Chobani, its employees and the people of Twin Falls.

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