Jim Caviezel is propagating a famous conspiracy theory, which remains unsubstantiated and has been debunked previously.
On July 23, a Facebook user shared an InfoWars video featuring Jim Caviezel, a Hollywood movie star. In the video, Caviezel talks about adrenochrome and child sex trafficking, and claims that several hollywood personalities are involved in child trafficking. Before we look into Caviezel's claim, let's break the claim down and understand what it means.
Firstly, InfoWars is an American far-right conspiracy theory and fake news website owned by Alex Jones. The website and Jones are both known for making unsubstantiated claims and for spreading fake news.
Secondly, adrenochrome is a chemical compound, usually found as a light pink solution, that forms by the oxidation of adrenaline, the stress hormone. It is not approved for medical use by the Food and Drug Administration. For conspiracy theorists, adrenochrome represents a psychedelic favored by the global elites which they derive from torturing children to harvest their oxidized hormonal fear. This conspiracy theory, which has existed for decades, has recently been pushed by QAnon adherents and has had a real, harmful impact in the last couple of year. The theory implicates several hollywood personalities and politicians and global elites and claims that they are trafficking children and those children are tortured for their blood for psychedelic experiences, satanic rituals, and even to extend their lifespan.. All of these claims are unsubstantiated and have been debunked previously.
Caviezel is just the new addition in a long line of people who believe this theory. The video shown in the Facebook post is from the at the Health and Freedom Conference, which took place in 2021 and Caviezel went on a wild tangent about adrenochroming. According to the Daily Beast, "Caviezel could have been brought into the QAnon fold through working on his new movie Sound of Freedom, which is based on the life story of Tim Ballard, who runs the controversial anti-child sex trafficking organization Operation Underground Railroad (OUR)." Caviezel also claims that Hollywood doesn’t want a film about the evils of child trafficking, resulting in Sound of Freedom’s delayed release, even though many films’ release dates were pushed due to the ongoing pandemic.
Caviezel connection to QAnon was explored at length in the popular podcast QAnon Anonymous in May 2021, where the the hosts concluded that he is “perfect for QAnon!” The podcast hosts interviewed three anonymous people who worked on Person of Interest with Caviezel and they said that he was “profoundly consumed by a jumble of bizarre religious, military and nationalistic fixations,” initially refusing to participate in an episode where he had to rescue a same-sex couple because it went against his morals. “All of them told me they felt Caviezel was homophobic and believed members of the LGBTQ community were going to hell,” the sources claimed.
In conclusion, this theory has existed for decades but there has been no substantive evidence of a child trafficking conspiracy involving Hollywood elites. However, the theory has taken the form of several protests and hashtags like #savethechildren trending on social media which have become extremely harmful.