The original story was published by Malia Zimmerman and Fox News promoted it relentlessly for a week before retracting it. No further followup into what had happened that allowed the news outlet to publish and push the baseless, arguably libelous insinuations that Hillary Clinton and her team had assassinated a young man over emails leaked to the press.
NPR reports that Zimmerman’s reporting relied on help from Fox News “investment adviser” Edward Butowsky, and based a considerable amount of conspiratorial speculation on a story that “relied upon quotes from a private investigator that he never said.” Something that both Butowsky and Zimmerman admitted to later. Why did they do that? Because they’re parasitical scumbags, that’s why.
The Riches also sued Zimmerman and Butowsky. The entire lawsuit was dismissed as part of the settlement. That ensures that Fox stars, including Hannity and Dobbs, will not have to give sworn testimony to the court that could be made public. Another lawsuit, brought by Seth’s brother Aaron against Butowsky and others, is still pending.
The Rich family released a statement about the case, saying “The settlement with Fox News closes another chapter in our efforts to mourn the murder of our beloved Seth, whom we miss every single day. We are pleased with the settlement of this matter and sincerely hope that the media will take genuine caution in the future.”