CBS is being sued for $750 million by the older brother of murdered pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey after a CBS special suggested Burke Ramsey was his sister’s killer.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County, Michigan, by Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based attorney.
CBS is joined in the suit by several consultants including former Boulder Det. A. James Kolar, forensic scientist Dr. Werner Spitz and celebrity pathologist Henry Lee.
CBS aired a special in September called The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey to mark the 20th anniversary of the young girl’s death.
The special’s conclusion was that Burke Ramsey, then nine, killed his sister, who was six at the time, by hitting her over the head with a flashlight.
The CBS show claimed Burke Ramsey was angry with his sister because she had stolen a piece of pineapple he was eating.
The show was viewed by more than 18 million people over two nights, the lawsuit says.
Ramsey wants $250 million in compensatory damages and $500 million in punitive damages.
“CBS … knowingly and intentionally published false and defamatory statements conveying that Burke killed JonBenét, engaged in a criminal cover up with his parents and lied to the police,” the lawsuit says.
“Burke Ramsey did not kill his sister and had no involvement in her brutal murder,” the suit says.
The suit said CBS sold the show as factual when it was not.
“CBS perpetrated a fraud upon the public – instead of being a documentary based on a new investigation by a so-called team of experts, ‘The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey’ was a fictional crime show based primarily on a preconceived storyline scripted in a self-published and commercially unsuccessful book, Foreign Faction, written by defendant James Kolar and published in 2012,” Burke Ramsey’s attorneys wrote in the suit.
In October, Burke Ramsey sued Spitz, a crime expert, for $150 million.
Spitz had told CBS, “If you really, really use your free time to think about this case, you cannot come to a different conclusion.”
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