“I take full responsibility for my comments and I apologize for the pain I have caused,” said businessman Ed Butowsky in a statement withdrawing his previous comments. “I sincerely hope the Rich family is able to find out who murdered their son and bring this tragic chapter in their lives to an end.”
“Today, we withdraw and reject our statements, and we offer our apologies to Mr. Rich and his family,” Fringed Internet activist Matt Couch said in a separate video posted online. “I take full responsibility for my actions … and would like to apologize to Mr. Rich and his family.”
In a statement, Aaron Rich said he was “pleased” that the two have “taken responsibility for the statements they have made.”
“In the more than four years since we lost Seth, the accusations against our family have only served to prolong our grief without bringing us closer to finding Seth’s killer,” Aaron Rich added. “While we will never be at peace until we get justice for Seth’s murder, I hope these events can encourage others to stop and consider the impact of accusing strangers of misdemeanors, giving the police room to do their job. and let’s remember Seth in peace and with privacy. “
Seth Rich was shot dead in Washington, DC, in July 2016. Police have said there is evidence that he was the victim of a riot, but in the wake of his death, right-wing extremist activists and media organizations suggested something far more sinister.
With no real evidence, these far-right activists sent a conspiracy theory that put Seth Rich leaked a series of DNC emails to Wikileaks and were killed in retaliation for the alleged leak. The theory was practical for some on the right when they disputed accusations Russia hacked the DNC, which President Donald Trump had disputed.