JonBenet Ramsey’s Brother & CBS Settle His Defamation Suit Over 2016 Docuseries

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JonBenet Ramsey’s brother has settled his $750 million defamation lawsuit against CBS and others over a 2016 docuseries that pegged him as her killer. Burke Ramsey’s attorney told Reuters that the case has been settled but gave no details.

“I can only comment that the case has been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all parties,” Lin Wood told the news agency in a phone interview today. A CBS spokesman confirmed the settlement to Reuters.


Burke Ramsey was 10 when his 6-year-old beauty queen sister was found dead in the family’s Boulder, CO, home at Christmastime in 1996. He also was suing production company Critical Content and a number of consultants involved with true-crime docuseries The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, which aired in September 2016.

Saying his reputation was destroyed by the four-hour program, he was seeking $250M in compensatory damages and twice that in punitive damages.

The lawsuit claimed that CBS and its team of experts planned to conduct a “sham reinvestigation” of JonBenet’s death with “the preconceived the story line” that Ramsey killed the girl and conspired with his parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, to cover it up.

No one ever has been charged with JonBenet Ramsey’s killing.

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