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Lawyer for Alex Jones calls host 'performance artist' at custody hearing in Austin

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Alex Jones, second from right, an American conspiracy theorist and radio show host, is escorted by police out of a crowd of protesters after he said he was attacked in Public Square in Cleveland, during the second day of the Republican convention. "Scandal: Mass media covers up terrorism to protect Islam," a headline on Jones’ website Infowars alleged in July 2016. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer defending right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in a child custody dispute says Jones is a "performance artist" whose on-air persona differs from the private man.

Attorney Randall Wilhite said at a recent pretrial hearing that evaluating Jones based on his on-air comments is like judging Jack Nicholson based on his role as the Joker in "Batman."

Kelly Jones reportedly described her ex-husband at a recent pretrial hearing in Austin as "not a stable person." She's seeking sole or joint custody of their children, ages 14, 12 and 9.

Jury selection in the case began Monday.

Alex Jones began on public access television and his Infowars programming on radio, YouTube and other platforms draws millions of listeners.

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