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NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a Democratic National Committee employee who was killed in 2016 have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Fox News exploited the slaying as a “political football.”
Joel and Mary Rich allege Fox News, a reporter, and a guest commentator used “lies, misrepresentations and half-truths” in a May 16, 2017, article that claimed their son had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign.
The network removed the week-old story, saying it was not initially subjected to its “high degree of editorial scrutiny.”
Seth Rich was killed in what Washington police believe was a random robbery attempt. He was 27 years old.
The report quoted a private investigator suggesting that Seth Rich had some connection to WikiLeaks.
Fox News declined comment citing the pending litigation.