Fox News, slain staffer's family settle

Seth Rich's parent sued Fox News over false suggestions he leaked emails to WikiLeaks.
Seth Rich's parent sued Fox News over false suggestions he leaked emails to WikiLeaks.

Fox News has reached a settlement with slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich's parents, who alleged in a lawsuit that the cable news company exploited their son's death in stories and commentary.

Both sides confirmed the settlement on Tuesday.

Rich, 27, was shot and killed in 2016 in Washington, DC, in what authorities described as a botched robbery attempt.

His parents, Joel and Mary Rich, had objected to a Fox article and commentary falsely suggesting their son had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign.

Far-right internet theories that Rich had been assassinated for leaking emails were contradicted by US intelligence reports.

A lower court had thrown out the lawsuit but the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan last year reinstated it.

The court said the family had plausibly alleged what amounted to a campaign of emotional torture.

Rich's parents said the settlement closed another chapter in their efforts to mourn their son.

Neither side disclosed financial terms of the deal.

Fox said it hoped the settlement "enables Mr and Mrs Rich to find a small degree of peace and solace".

Australian Associated Press