Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WaPo article on Aaron Rich suing right-wing actvisits over conspiracy theories

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The brother of Seth Rich — the Democratic National Committee staffer whose unsolved murder has fueled far-right conspiracy theories — has sued the Washington Times and individual activists, claiming they exploited the tragedy to “advance” their political agendas.

Aaron Rich accuses Ed Butowsky, a wealthy Dallas businessman and a Fox News guest; Internet activist Matt Couch and his media company, America First Media; and the conservative-leaning newspaper the Washington Times of acting with “reckless disregard for the truth,” according to the lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The suit also alleges that the defendants pushed a conspiracy theory about Aaron Rich, suggesting he used his background as a defense contractor to leak documents — and that he covered up the disclosure. Rich is suing the defendants for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy, among other actions.

The 62-page lawsuit was filed nearly two weeks after Seth Rich’s parents sued Fox News and Butowsky over a retracted story that touted a conspiracy theory about their son’s death, claiming the network “intentionally exploited” the tragedy for political purposes.

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