Judge won’t dismiss $750 million defamation lawsuit filed by brother of JonBenet Ramsey

John Ramsey hugs his son Burke at the graves of his wife, Patsy, and daughter, JonBenet, at St. James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Ga., in June 29, 2006.
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A judge declined to dismiss a $750 million defamation lawsuit filed against CBS by JonBenet Ramsey’s brother.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports a Circuit Court judge in Michigan on Friday denied a motion by CBS and other defendants who asked that the case be tossed.

Burke Ramsey sued CBS in December 2016, saying his reputation was ruined after a television series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister more than two decades ago.


The beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder the day after Christmas in 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence.

Lawyers for CBS argue the statement that Burke Ramsey killed JonBenet “was never made in the series.”