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FOX News faces lawsuit over retracted story

A private investigator filed a lawsuit against FOX News Channel (US) alleging that the network fabricated a story about a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer and wrongfully attributed him as a source, Variety reported.

An ultimately retracted story published by FOX News covering the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich cited Rod Wheeler as a source. Yet Wheeler filed a complaint in the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York saying that the quotes attributed to him were fabricated and damaged his credibility, according to the publication. The suit further claims that FOX News and a journalist and contributor for the network "created fake news to advance President Trump's agenda."

Wheeler is seeking damages to be decided at the trial from loss of earnings and emotional distress.

FOX News denied the accusations, and Jay Wallace, president of news, also claimed that the network has no evidence that the news outlet misquoted Wheeler, according to the Aug. 1 report.

21st Century Fox Inc. owns FOX News.