Joel and Mary Rich, the parents of murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, said Thursday that their son was “murdered again” when Fox News decided to promote a since-retracted story tying their son’s death to a now-debunked right-wing conspiracy theory.
“We lost his body this first time, and the second time we lost his soul,” Mary Rich said on Good Morning America. “They took more from us with the lies.”
The Hill added:
Seth Rich, 27, was shot and killed in Washington, D.C. in 2016 in what police say was a botched robbery attempt.
Fox News published a story the following May that fueled conspiracy theories linking his death to the release of hacked DNC and Clinton campaign emails to WikiLeaks.
The network later retracted the story. In their lawsuit, Rich’s parents accuse Fox News, as well as reporter Malia Zimmerman and Ed Butowsky, of “extreme and outrageous” conduct and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“We want our son’s life, and his soul restored,” Mary Rich said. “And I want our life back, so we can move forward again.”
“We can’t comment on this pending litigation,” Fox News said in a statement.