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Family of Slain DNC Staffer Seth Rich Suing Fox News Over Retracted Story

“These actions were so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency and are atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.”

That’s from a lawsuit filed by the family of Seth Rich against Fox News, an investigative reporter and a network guest over a retracted report by the outlet that added fuel to the conspiracy that the slain Democratic National Committee staffer was killed because of his ties to Wikileaks.

Rich was fatally shot in Washington D.C. in July 2016, and while police have yet to solve the murder, they have repeatedly stressed that there is no evidence the DNC staffer was killed because he sent the hacked DNC emails to Wikileaks — as the conspiracy theory claims.

Rich’s family is suing the network, investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman and Fox News guest Ed Butowsky over a May 16, 2017, Fox News article the lawsuit claims contained “false and fabricated facts.”

Per an ABC News report on the lawsuit:

In the suit, which was obtained by ABC News, Rich’s parents, Joel and Mary Rich, claim that Fox News investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman and contributor Ed Butowsky reached out to the family under false pretenses to support stories that Seth Rich leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

The lawsuit claims that Fox News, Zimmerman and Butowsky are liable for the harm caused by the report because they “aided and abetted the intentional infliction of emotional distress” caused by the story about Seth Rich and alleges that Fox News provided with a national platform to develop what the lawsuit dubs a “sham story.”

The Rich family claims that the “defendants’ conduct was extreme and outrageous” in what they allege was a deliberate effort to portray Seth Rich as a “criminal and traitor to the United States.”

While swiftly retracted the story after it was debunked, Fox News’s Sean Hannity bizarrely continued to cover the story unabated on his primetime show, despite all available evidence and pleas from the family to stop exploiting their son’s murder for political gain. He eventually dropped the story after speaking with Rich’s family, telling his audience they asked him to pull back.

Fox News told Mediaite in a comment: “We can’t comment on this pending litigation.”

Read the full lawsuit here.

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