TWIN FALLS - Radio host Alex Jones is apologizing for comments he made about refugees in the Twin Falls area.
In April, Chobani filed a defamation lawsuit against Jones for posting a story on the website Infowars.com attempting to connect Chobani's CEO to a Twin Falls sexual assault case involving refugee children.
Jones read a statement on Wednesday at the end of his show saying he regretted what 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," Jones said.
Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar said he appreciates that Jones included the people of Twin Falls in his apology, but says he’s still frustrated because the damage from these types of comments is difficult to overcome.
"I think the things that were said and spread by his website were unfair to the community, I think they paint a picture of a false reality," he said.
Barigar said misinformation is the biggest challenge Twin Falls has been dealing with ever since the story of the sexual assault involving refugee children at the Fawnbrook Apartments made headlines.
"You know I think some of the things Mr. Jones said and other websites have painted as this community being overrun by outsiders is so far from the truth," he said.
Barigar said the Refugee Resettlement Program has been in Twin Falls for nearly 40 years and that the 300 refugees that come in each year are part of the community.
"I value the diversity that we're able to receive from people from other countries, people from other states, people from other communities,” he said.
Chobani was not able to comment on the apology at this time.
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