30 December, 2016
JonBenet Ramsey's brother, Burke Ramsey, has filed a bombshell $750 million lawsuit against the network that aired a television show that erroneously painted him as his sister's murderer.
JonBenét Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family home in Boulder, Colorado, on December 26, 1996.
CBS have declined to comment on the lawsuit.
According to Ramsey, the "pseudo-experts" also falsely stated that Patsy Ramsey, the mother of Burke and JonBenet, wrote the ransom note that was found at the crime scene to cover for Burke.
Other defendants include Dr. Werner Spitz, an investigator for the series who was the subject of a separate $150 million defamation lawsuit from Ramsey in October.
Among law enforcement, the media and the public, theories abounded as to who the killer or killers were, with suspects ranging from JonBenet's parents to a former substitute teacher living in Thailand.
JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in 1996
A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence. The murder remains unsolved.
According to the lawsuit, CBS represented and promoted "The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey" - which first aired on September 18 - as a documentary that viewers expected to be factually accurate.
Burke's attorney, Lin Wood, named CBS, experts who appeared in the show, and the production company that was behind the documentary.
The lawsuit says that as a result of CBS' defamatory statements against Burke, he has suffered damage and harm including economic damages, damage to his reputation, and mental anguish.
He accused CBS of conducting a "sham reinvestigation" of the murder, calling the accusation against him "a compilation of lies, half-truths, manufactured information, and the intentional omission and avoidance of truthful information about the murder of JonBenet Ramsey". The TV special suggests that the night of the murder, Burke hit his sister over the head with a flashlight, killing her.
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