Fox News settles lawsuit with family of Seth Rich

Elias Hubbard
Ноября 26, 2020

"IT IS STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between plaintiffs Joel and Mary Rich and defendants Fox News Network, LLC, Malia Zimmerman, and Edward Butowsky, that pursuant to [the relevant rule] of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the claims by Joel and Mary Rich against all defendants are dismissed with prejudice, and each party waives all right to appeal and to seek attorneys' fees and costs", the brief filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) notes.

To briefly recap, Rich - a DNC staffer who was murdered in July 2016 - was the subject of an infamous conspiracy theory involving Wikileaks and the leaked DNC emails.

Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity attends The Hollywood Reporter's annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media event at The Pool on April 12, 2018, in NY.

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple noted that Zimmerman's contributions to Fox News' website ended in late 2017, and a Fox News spokesperson told him that she was no longer with the network.

In a statement, Joel and Mary Rich said they were pleased by the settlement, and said they hoped the media would exercise greater caution in the future.

They added: 'We thank everyone who has counseled us and given us strength.

In March 2018, Joel and Mary Rich sued Fox News over a 2016 story written by Zimmerman that alleged their then-recently deceased son had some sort of affiliation with Wikileaks.

Yahoo News reported that the confidential settlement terms included a seven-figure payment to Rich's family, but neither side confirmed that to TPM.

Fox News provided TVNewser with the following statement: "We are pleased with the resolution of the claims and hope this enables Mr. and Mrs".

WikiLeaks had published a trove of DNC emails weeks after Rich's killing, giving rise to right-wing conspiracy theories online that Rich was responsible for the leak and that the DNC was behind his murder because of it. In fact, there was no evidence that Rich had anything to do with the leak.

The theory allowed President Donald Trump's allies to divert from the fact that Russian Federation was responsible for the DNC hacking and handed the emails to Wikileaks, as the Senate Intelligence Committee later concluded. "Rich to find a small degree of peace and solace moving forward".

This article is republished here with permission from The Associated Press.

On Tuesday, Fox and Rich's parentsfiled a joint notice in a U.S. District Court in NY dismissing the lawsuit. The court said that the family had plausibly alleged what amounted to a campaign of emotional torture.

Rich's parents, in a statement, said the settlement closed another chapter in their efforts to mourn their son, who was 27 when he was killed.

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