Joel and Mary Rich claim Fox News, a reporter and a guest commentator used "lies, misrepresentations and half-truths" in an article in May 2017 that claimed their son Set Rich had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign. The objective of the story, according to the Riches and Wheeler, was to take political heat off the Trump administration as investigators probed whether Russian-backed hackers leaked the emails to advance his candidacy.
Rich, 27, was murdered in June 2016 in D.C., likely as the result of a botched robbery, authorities said.More news: Fortis Healthcare shares gain on open offer talk
"The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting", Fox News said in a retraction statement. Aaron Rich, the brother of Seth Rich, sent a letter to Hannity days after Fox News published its story, telling him that continuing to cover the story would "cause us additional pain, suffering and sorrow". Wheeler alleged in his lawsuit that the comments were false and were put in the story at the behest of President Donald Trump to discredit investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Here is what's known about the murder - and how Fox News has contributed to conspiracy theories that don't align with facts. It also claims that Zimmerman provided similar information to Joel Rich, which the Riches allege was false.
"Joel and Mary have been irreparably harmed because whatever opportunity that existed to investigate and find closure with regard to their son's murder was taken away from them", the lawsuit continues.More news: TVS Motor launches new Apache
"Within hours, however, the Fox News story fell apart when Wheeler, who is now suing Fox News over the story, told CNN he had no evidence to suggest Rich had contacted Wikileaks before his death", CNN reported.
In the article, which was published last May, Rod Wheeler, a private investigator who was hired by Fox News to investigate Seth Rich's death, found that Wikileaks, the whisteblowing website, had been in touch with him before he died. In their suit, the Riches say they have exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder stemming from their son's death and the conspiracy theories that followed.More news: Buveur D'Air defends crown, treble for Mullins