The mother and father of Seth Wealthy, a Democratic aide whose unsolved homicide grew to become fodder for right-wing conspiracy theories concerning the 2016 election, reached a settlement on Tuesday with Fox News, whose protection linked Mr. Wealthy to electronic mail hacks that aided President Trump’s 2016 presidential run.
Joel and Mary Wealthy, the mother and father of the murdered aide, had filed a lawsuit in opposition to Fox Information in 2018, accusing the information group of “excessive and outrageous” conduct in its protection of their son’s loss of life, claiming that it had fueled damaging rumors about him.
Mr. and Mrs. Wealthy mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday that they may now transfer on. “The settlement with Fox Information closes one other chapter in our efforts to mourn the homicide of our beloved Seth, whom we miss each single day,” the couple mentioned. “We’re happy with the settlement of this matter and sincerely hope that the media will take real warning sooner or later.”
The phrases of the settlement weren’t disclosed.
Mr. Wealthy, a Democratic Nationwide Committee workers member, was shot within the again and killed on July 10, 2016, close to his house in Washington. The case is unsolved, and authorities have mentioned they believed it was a failed theft.
In Might 2017, Fox Information revealed an article on its web site by the reporter Malia Zimmerman that recommended, citing unnamed sources, that Mr. Wealthy was killed in retaliation for leaking damaging D.N.C. emails to WikiLeaks within the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. The Fox Information host Sean Hannity repeatedly promoted the false principle on his prime time program.
The protection played into a baseless narrative that had been pushed by conspiracy theorists and conservative pundits seeking to blame the WikiLeaks electronic mail dump on something however Russian political interference within the election. (United States intelligence officers determined that Russia was answerable for the hack of the D.N.C. networks.)
Mr. Hannity was defiant, even after the retraction. “All you within the liberal media,” he mentioned on his radio present, “I’m not Fox.com or FoxNews.com. I retracted nothing.” However he later backed off the story.
Mr. and Mrs. Wealthy sued Fox News over the retracted article and TV protection. The lawsuit additionally named the reporter, Ms. Zimmerman, and Ed Butowsky, then a frequent Fox Information visitor, as co-defendants, claiming that they used “lies, misrepresentations, and half-truths” to color “Joel and Mary’s son as a prison and a traitor to america.”
On Tuesday, Fox Information mentioned in an announcement: “We’re happy with the decision of the claims and hope this permits Mr. and Mrs. Wealthy to discover a small diploma of peace and solace shifting ahead.”