Some may remember JonBenét Ramsey, the 6-year-old pageant queen who was murdered just over 20 years ago. The murdered child’s case was never solved, and the case went cold.
In September, CBS aired a documentary titled “The Case of JonBenét Ramsey” that accused her brother, Burke Ramsey, of the crime. In response, Ramsey filed a defamation lawsuit against CBS and a slew of other defendants for a whopping $750 million.
CNN Money reports that $250 million of that massive sum was for compensatory damages while the other $500 million was for punitive damages.
Even an entity as massive as CBS would be hurt badly by such an amount.
“Since the time of the above accusations (by tabloids) against Burke in 1998 and 1999, no member of the tabloid media or the mainstream media has ever again accused Burke of being involved in — or suspected of — JonBenét’s murder,” the complaint stated, according to CNN Money. “That is, until CBS aired the documentary.”
“While defendants’ false accusations against Burke echo the accusations made against him by supermarket tabloids years ago, the key difference is that this time, the accusation was published by the most respected member of the American broadcast media, CBS,” it continued.
Should the lawsuit proceed, it is going to make major headlines. And it should, especially if Burke Ramsey is an innocent man being victimized by a major television corporation for financial gain.
According to The U.K. Daily Mail, the defendants include “CBS Corp., Critical Content LLC (the production company) and consultants Jim Clemente, Laura Richards, Jim Kolar, James Fitzgerald, Stanley Burke, Werner Spitz and Henry Lee.”
This will be a story to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
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