The death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich has been widely covered by Fox News, but now Rich’s family might finally put an end to the discussion.
According to reports, the parents of Rich are suing Fox for posting a story about their son that has allowed conspiracy theorists to thrive over the shady circumstances of his death.
Washington Examiner reports the following:
“The family of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich is suing Fox News and two of their employees over an article published about his death, which they said allegedly contained “false and fabricated facts.”
The lawsuit, first reported by ABC News, said the May 2017 Fox News article contained “false and fabricated facts” that sparked conspiracy theories tying Rich’s murder to the WikiLeaks dump of 20,000 emails from the DNC, which occurred just a few days after his death.
Rich’s parents, Joel and Mary Rich, claim that Fox News’ Malia Zimmerman and Ed Butowsky “aided and abetted the intentional infliction of emotional distress” by pushing a story to portray their son as a “criminal and traitor to the U.S.”
They claim in the lawsuit that the family was contacted by Zimmerman and Butowsky under false pretenses to promote the narrative that their son leaked the DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
Fox News retracted the story later that month, but the parents claim that the cable news channel provided a national platform for conspiracy theorists to run with this “sham story.””